wing·​span | \ ˈwiŋ-ˌspan How to pronounce wingspan (audio) \

Definition of wingspan

: the distance from the tip of one of a pair of wings to that of the other also : span sense 2c

Examples of wingspan in a Sentence

The hawk has a wingspan of about three feet. a plane with a 200-foot wingspan
Recent Examples on the Web His 74-inch wingspan becomes a greater asset when coupled with his willingness to play physically in coverage. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Jaheim Singletary’s commitment means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes recruiting," 2 Jan. 2021 Now, 31 and a married father, Bazemore will be summoned to use his 7-foot wingspan to either switch defensively onto any position or lock down opponents’ best wings. Rusty Simmons,, "Kent Bazemore brings new mind-set to Warriors: ‘I see the world differently now’," 10 Dec. 2020 Even though Okogie is 6-foot-4, Saunders mentioned his wingspan is that of a 6-8 player. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "'Veteran' Josh Okogie knows defense will get him minutes with Wolves," 7 Dec. 2020 The bird, the largest eagle the nonprofit facility has treated in 15 years, has a 6.5-foot wingspan. oregonlive, "Battered bald eagle recovers at Klamath Falls wildlife rescue after flying into a moving truck," 6 Dec. 2020 Aevum’s reusable Ravn X drone is 80 feet long, has a wingspan of 60 feet, stands 18 feet tall and weighs 55,000 pounds. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama company unveils world’s biggest drone & new space vision," 6 Dec. 2020 This autonomous aircraft and launch vehicle measures 24 meters long and has a wingspan of 18 meters. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Billionaire backs Scottish spaceport, Relativity bags a bundle," 4 Dec. 2020 Marble becomes a big-bodied rebounder eating up space, while Sissoko gives a little of all of that and uses his big wingspan to deny shots. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "For Michigan State basketball, these are the Spartans' best- and worst-case scenarios," 25 Nov. 2020 At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with a 6-10 wingspan, Sutton can guard at least four positions. Connor Letourneau,, "Dwayne Sutton to join Warriors for training camp in hopes of earning 2-way deal," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of wingspan

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wingspan was circa 1917

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21 Jan 2021

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“Wingspan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wingspan

: the distance from the tip of one wing of a bird or airplane to the tip of the other wing


wing·​span | \ ˈwiŋ-ˌspan How to pronounce wingspan (audio) \

Kids Definition of wingspan

: the distance from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other wing

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