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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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 Wagner measured in at 6 feet 11 1/2 and 241 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Moritz Wagner's appeal to NBA teams: 'I can space the floor'," 18 May 2018 Made of steel and fiberglass, Maxie appears to be taking off for flight with a 65-foot wingspan. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "KC artist created 'world's largest' goose. His daughters are raising money to save it | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Standing about four-feet tall, with up to a seven-foot wingspan, the Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America, Barnes said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Great Blue Herons return once again to the Bath Road Heronry," 15 Feb. 2018 With a wingspan of about 16 feet (5 meters), the five-pound (2.45-kilogram) plane sailed along at about 11 mph (17 kph). Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Experimental plane flies silently, may lead to quiet drones," 21 Nov. 2018 The brownish-orange, thumbnail-sized butterfly, with a wingspan of only an inch or so, once was fairly common on the North American plains. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 The midsized Draco-2, with a wingspan of 38 feet, is the company's test vehicle, for which De Reyes has big plans. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Startup plans to revolutionize the air cargo industry, starting with Alaska," 15 June 2018 At 6-feet-3, 191 pounds, with a 6-foot-9 wingspan and 41.5 inch vertical jump, Duval was one of the more agile and aggressive players in the nation. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns draft prospect workout headlined by Duke point guard Trevon Duval," 14 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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