wing·​spread | \ ˈwiŋ-ˌspred How to pronounce wingspread (audio) \

Definition of wingspread

: the spread of the wings : wingspan specifically : the extreme measurement between the tips or outer margins of the wings (as of a bird or insect)

Examples of wingspread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tall stately birds with long necks and legs and fairly long bills, the greater sandhill cranes stand about 4 feet tall, have a wingspread of nearly 7 feet and weigh up to about 12 pounds. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Elegant sandhill cranes plentiful in Minnesota after steep decline in 1940s," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wingspread

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Wingspread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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