single wing


Definition of single wing

: an offensive football formation in which one back plays as a flanker and two backs line up four or five yards behind the line in position to receive a direct snap from center

Examples of single wing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Known for their air raid spread attack, the Chiefs used the single wing formation for sustained drives on the ground. al, "North Jackson recovers 4 onsides kicks, outlasts Randolph 43-24," 10 Oct. 2020 Susan Dunlap, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said residents who've tested positive for the virus had been restricted to a single wing. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus outbreak at Louisville's Treyton Oak Towers sickens 29 and kills 5," 9 Apr. 2020 Tyler, considered one of the great single wing coaches in state history, coached at Burkburnett, Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls Rider and Haltom. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Former D-FW state championship coaches to be inducted into THSCA Hall of Honor," 4 Apr. 2020 Stepping slowly at first, the hulking monster-man, the demon-man, red and giant, with a single wing growing out of its back, would begin to chase Bill. Lauren Groff, The New York Review of Books, "The Keatsian Intelligence of Lorrie Moore," 18 Feb. 2020 By the 1930s, the single wing was the dominant offense. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 5, Sid Luckman," 29 Aug. 2019 With Nagurski at fullback and the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Feathers at halfback, Halas ditched his beloved T formation to showcase their talents in the single wing. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 3, Bronko Nagurski," 31 Aug. 2019 George Halas saw fit to change the Bears’ trademark T formation to a single wing to take advantage of the combined talents of Feathers’ running and fullback Bronko Nagurski’s blocking. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 89, Beattie Feathers," 9 June 2019 The Stratolaunch is a gigantic aircraft that resembles two airplanes glued together by a single wing. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Watch Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Giant Stratolaunch Plane Taxiing on the Runway," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of single wing

1945, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

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“Single wing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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