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 The birds, which grow to about 2 feet from the tip of their tail to the top of their head, can have a wingspan up to 6 feet, Brumfield said. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 One of the largest raptors in the world, the Steller’s sea eagle can weigh up to 20 pounds and have a wingspan of up to eight feet. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 23 Dec. 2021 There are few fossils of the Quetzalcoatlus, but Brown said there were hundreds of bones for a smaller type of pterosaur, which instead had a wingspan of 18 to 20 feet. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 The pekapeka roosts in trees and has a wingspan roughly the size of a hand. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Tipping the scales at around 90 pounds, the finished model measures 6 feet from tip to tail and has a wingspan of 7 feet. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 July 2021 When Europa Clipper is finished, the spacecraft is going to have the wingspan of a basketball court. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2021 North Florida’s Jonathan Aybar tried anyway, awkwardly releasing the ball in a futile attempt to get it over the defender’s 7-foot-7 wingspan. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The Western Kentucky center easily catches everyone’s attention at 7-foot-5, 237-pounds with a 7-foot-7 wingspan and a size 18 shoe, but the son of Mario Sharp and Shiby Watkins has an even bigger personality and heart for people. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 4 Nov. 2021

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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 2022

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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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