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

If all goes well, the company plans for the aircraft with a 117-meter wingspan to make its maiden flight by the end of this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Finally, the biggest airplane in the world has some rockets to launch," 20 Aug. 2018 Has measured with a wingspan of 6’9.5’’. • Top-shelf athlete with legit blow-by ability off the bounce. Chris Johnson,, "2018 NBA Draft: Trevon Duval Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 Frazier anticipated a Utah Jazz player’s pass toward the sideline, and Frazier — using his quick first step and his 7-foot-1¾ wingspan — poked the ball forward, accelerated toward the hoop and threw down a right-handed windmill dunk. Josh Robbins,, "Rookie Melvin Frazier Jr. showing defensive grit but unrefined offensive game," 14 July 2018 The junior has a long wingspan and performed well athletically during the first day of the NBA draft combine. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons get Khyri Thomas in trade with 76ers, add Bruce Brown," 21 June 2018 The Woodlands, Texas native has a 6-7 wingspan and 8-7 standing reach with a 36 inch maximum vertical jump. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Robinson-Earl of Bishop Miege impresses with hustle at USA camp, coached by Self," 2 June 2018 Listed at 6-foot-11 despite appearing taller, with a remarkable 7-9 wingspan and inquisitive nature, the one-and-one Texas star commands a room with ease. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT’s Bamba working himself into top of NBA Draft," 15 May 2018 Boeing unveiled photos of the plane paired with its engines earlier this month, showcasing the aircraft's 118-foot wingspan, which the company says fashions it as the largest dual-engine plane in the world. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "GE's Enormous New Jet Engines Sound Fiercely Loud in Runway Test," 17 Jan. 2019 According to the latest information from Flight International, the XQ-58A is 30 feet long with a 27-foot wingspan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Valkyrie Drone, a Sidekick for Human-Piloted Planes, Will Fly This Year," 12 July 2018

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circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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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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