wingsuit

noun

wing·​suit ˈwiŋ-ˌsüt How to pronounce wingsuit (audio)
plural wingsuits
: a jumpsuit worn by a skydiver or BASE jumper with folds of fabric between the arms and legs that create lift when extended and allow the wearer to glide through the air over long distances
The most fun Scheffler has had in skydiving is in a wingsuit, which she describes as being a "flying squirrel."Susan Bromley
They ascend sheer rock faces using all four limbs; some of them blaze downhill on bikes or skis; some daredevils fly off the mountains in wingsuits; others actually walk a tightrope between two peaks.Walter Addiego

Examples of wingsuit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May 24, 2017 Matthew Ciancio, 42, was jumping in a wingsuit, The Bee reported at the time. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Coates, who was from a mountain community near the Denver Metro area, was wearing a wingsuit and was jumping with the Mile-Hi Skydiving Center, which is based at the airport, the Longmont Police Department said. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 Ciancio, who was from June Lake, was an experienced skydiver and had used a wingsuit hundreds of times before, according to a San Joaquin County death investigation. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Then, dive down toward the ground and deploy your wingsuit to capture that speed. WIRED, 20 Oct. 2023 Potter has made headlines in the past for other stunts, including his controversial wingsuit flight with his dog and his controversial May 2006 climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 May 2015 Drizzy shared the daring teaser to Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 13), featuring two people jumping off a snowy mountain and gliding through the air in wingsuits. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 15 Sep. 2023 In the spring of 2014, after a season in which upwards of 25 wingsuit flyers died in various incidents in the Alps, Dean Potter talked with Outside contributing editor Florence Williams about fear, risk, and safety. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 May 2015 Lately, his efforts had been directed at BASE jumping and wingsuit flying. Tim Sohn, Outside Online, 20 May 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1997, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wingsuit was in 1997

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“Wingsuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wingsuit. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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