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 You guys don’t even know what the single wing is. Tom Green |, al, 26 Nov. 2022 The flock carved the air with steeply banked turns and without a single wing flap. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 The gambler, who the sportsbook operator said was too nervous to watch the games, won by combining NBA teams with losing records and formidable opponents into a single wing-and-a-prayer wager — called a parlay. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 5 Dec. 2022 As a sophomore with the Bulldogs, playing at tailback in a single wing offense, Trippi starred in the 1943 Rose Bowl game. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2022 In late August, Wanda had counted five thousand ghosts rippling like a single wing and dropping into the chimney of Old Northern State Hospital. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 There was a single black slipper, waterlogged, that had been found in New Orleans’s Upper Ninth Ward, and, from Campbell, California, behind a small protective covering, a single wing of a butterfly. Sophie Haigney, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 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. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of single wing was in 1945

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“Single wing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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