gull wing

noun

variants or gullwing or less commonly gull-wing
plural gull wings or gullwings also gull-wings
1
: a door on a car or airplane that opens upward from hinges at the top
The doors [of the Pagani Huayra sports car] are gull wings that open upwards …Richard Hammond
The "Pixel" [concept car] has doors reminiscent of the DeLorean's gullwings and no instruments other than the driver's iPad.Alistair Blair
usually gullwing or gull-wing when used before another noun
a gull-wing coupe
gullwing doors
also : a car that features gull wings
From its shape to its fanciful … doors, the US $186,000 Mercedes SLS AMG harks back to the classic SL gull-wing of the '50s. Lawrence Ulrich
2
: an airplane wing slanting upward from the fuselage for a short distance and then leveling out
The latest designs for a supersonic jet with "gull wings", which would enable flights between London and New York in 3.5 hours, have just been unveiled.Helen Coffey

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of gull wing was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Gull wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gull%20wing. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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