wing·span | \ˈwiŋ-ˌspan \

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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Sampson also measured at just over 6 feet 5 and also had a 6-9 wingspan. Andrew Lopez,, "See how LSU's Brandon Sampson tries to help NBA Draft status at combine," 23 May 2018 Corbett has 33 1/8-inch arms with a 78 7/8 wingspan., "Austin Corbett: Get to know the Browns' No. 33 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft," 27 Apr. 2018 Bamba’s game-changing defensive potential, which features, at 7 feet-10-inches, the longest wingspan in NBA draft combine history, has intrigued the Bulls from the start. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls' buzz for Mo Bamba is growing," 20 June 2018 The 777x will not just sport the biggest wingspan of a twin-engine jet, but also the largest engines in the form of the GE9x. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Wild Folding Wingtips Are One Step Closer to Reality," 21 May 2018 Texas’ Mo Bamba extended to 7-10 Thursday for the longest wingspan in combine history. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Svi Mykhailiuk's wingspan lacking, Azubuike's impressive at NBA Combine | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 No less important was Kevin Durant, the 7-footer with the moves of a point guard and the wingspan of a Boeing 737. Michael Powell, New York Times, "That Warriors vs. Rockets Epic May Well Be Over," 15 May 2018 But these are relatively small rockets, with a diameter of just 1.27 meters—compared to the 117-meter wingspan of the Stratolaunch aircraft—and capable of hefting less than half a ton into low-Earth orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The world’s largest airplane may launch a new space shuttle into orbit," 7 Mar. 2018 Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, SG, 6-4, 215 A solid two-way player with a 7-foot wingspan who can score off the dribble and on the move. Broderick Turner,, "NBA draft 2018 coverage: A pick-by-pick recap," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of wingspan

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 \

Kids Definition of wingspan

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

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