wingspan

noun
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

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The Quetzalcoatlus pterosaur had a wingspan of 34 feet, by comparison, and weighed 551 pounds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Frozen dragon of the north wind' was one of the largest animals to ever fly," 10 Sep. 2019 In 1987, a breeding program was launched to save the condors, which have a wingspan of 9 ½ feet and can live as long as 70 years. The Christian Science Monitor, "Incurable food allergy healed," 26 July 2019 The birds have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet (3.05 meters) and live for about 25 years. Washington Post, "Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count," 16 July 2019 Each Global Hawk, which has a wingspan of 131 feet, is worth more than $100 million and is packed with sensors and able to fly at altitudes of more than 55,000 feet to observe broad areas for periods that can stretch longer than a day. John Hudson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We were cocked loaded’: Trump’s account of Iran attack plan facing scrutiny," 22 June 2019 Each Global Hawk, which has a wingspan of 131 feet, is worth more than $100 million and is packed with sensors and able to fly at altitudes of more than 55,000 feet to observe broad areas for periods that can stretch longer than a day. Author: John Hudson, Missy Ryan, Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s account of planning, then canceling strikes on Iran is facing scrutiny," 21 June 2019 Each Global Hawk, which has a wingspan of 131 feet, is worth more than $100 million and is packed with sensors and able to fly at altitudes of more than 55,000 feet to observe broad areas for periods that can stretch longer than a day. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump calls off retaliatory missile strike on Iran," 21 June 2019 The unmanned spy plane, which cost more than a hundred million dollars, and had a wingspan of a hundred and thirty feet, exploded in a fireball. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "What Will Follow Trump’s Cancelled Strike on Iran?," 21 June 2019 Who wouldn’t be as the Knights senior stood 11 inches taller than Williamson and has a wingspan of 8-foot-4? Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Williamson, Duke survive UCF’s late misses, reach Sweet 16," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of wingspan

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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wingspan

noun

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

wingspan

noun
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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