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Definitions

  • Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wing travel through the air; be airborne "Man cannot fly"
    • n wing a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
    • n wing an addition that extends a main building
    • n wing a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud "in Britain they call a fender a wing"
    • n wing one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
    • n wing a stage area out of sight of the audience
    • n wing the wing of a fowl "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
    • n wing a unit of military aircraft
    • n wing the side of military or naval formation "they attacked the enemy's right flank"
    • n wing a group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function "they are the progressive wing of the Republican Party"
    • n wing (in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft
    • n wing a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Featuring a winged scarab design Featuring a winged scarab design
Showing kneeling winged bulls Showing kneeling winged bulls
The Assyrian "Ring with Wings." The Assyrian "Ring with Wings."
13. A bird on the wing 13. A bird on the wing
45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs 45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
Winged Fruit Winged Fruit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A honey bee has four wings
    • Wing A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace.
    • Wing A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
    • Wing An administrative division of the air force or of a naval air group, consisting of a certain number of airplanes and the personnel associated with them.
    • Wing An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
    • Wing Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
    • Wing Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
    • Wing Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.
    • Wing (Aeronautics) Any surface used primarily for supporting a flying machine in flight, especially the flat or slightly curved planes on a heavier-than-air aircraft which provide most of the lift. In fixed-wing aircraft there are usually two main wings fixed on opposite sides of the fuselage. Smaller wings are typically placed near the tail primarily for stabilization, but may be absent in certain kinds of aircraft. Helicopters usually have no fixed wings, the lift being supplied by the rotating blade.
    • Wing Anything which agitates the air as a wing does, or which is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
    • Wing Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
    • Wing Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion. "Fiery expedition be my wing ."
    • Wing One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
    • Wing (Zoöl) One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
    • Wing One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
    • Wing One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for flight, but in the case of a few species of birds, as the ostrich, auk, etc., the wings are used only as an assistance in running or swimming. "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings ."
    • Wing (Zoöl) One of the two pairs of upper thoracic appendages of most hexapod insects. They are broad, fanlike organs formed of a double membrane and strengthened by chitinous veins or nervures.
    • Wing One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
    • Wing One of two factions within an organization, as a political party, which are opposed to each other; as, right wing or left wing.
    • Wing Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing . "Light thickens; and the crow
      Makes wing to the rooky wood."
    • Wing That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn up in line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.
    • Wing The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work.
    • Wing The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
    • Wing To cut off the wings of or to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird; also, fig to wound the arm of a person.
    • Wing To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity. "Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms.""Living, to wing with mirth the weary hours."
    • Wing To move through in flight; to fly through. "There's not an arrow wings the sky
      But fancy turns its point to him."
    • Wing To supply with wings or sidepieces. "The main battle, whose puissance on either side
      Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse."
    • Wing To transport by flight; to cause to fly. "I, an old turtle,
      Will wing me to some withered bough."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Buffalo wings, got their name because the spicy chicken wings originated in Buffalo, New York
    • n wing A cutter attached to the side of a colter making it a skim-colter. See skim-colter.
    • n wing The characteristic part of a wing shovel (see under shovel) or of a wing sweep (see under sweep).
    • n wing In chess, the extreme right or left of the board: as, the king's wing or the queen's wing.
    • n wing That part of the line of forwards, in games such as foot-ball, hockey, etc., which stretches from the center to the end; also, the position of certain players in push-ball and similar games.
    • wing Nautical, to move (an object having weight) from the middle of a vessel toward the sides.
    • n wing In vertebrate zoöl., the fore limb, anterior extremity, or appendage of the scapular arch or shoulder-girdle, corresponding to the human arm, fitted in any way for flight or aërial locomotion; or the same limb, however rudimentary or functionless, of a member of a class of animals which ordinarily have this limb fitted for flight. That modification of a limb which makes it a wing occurs in several ways:
    • n wing In entomology, an expansion of the crust of an insect, sufficing for flight, or a homologous expansion, however modified in form or function, or even functionless so far as aërial locomotion is concerned. Such a formation, though a wing by analogy of function with the wing of a vertebrate, is an entirely different structure, having no homology with the fore limb of a vertebrate. It consists of a fold of integument, supported on a tubular framework of so-called nerves or veins, which may be in communication with the tracheæ or breathing-organs, and is consequently a respiratory as well as a locomotory organ. Most insects are provided with functionally developed (thoracic) wings, of which there are usually two pairs (mesothoracic and metathoracic); but both may be entirely suppressed, or either pair may be mere rudiments (see cuts under halter and Stylops), or the anterior pair may be converted into a horny case covering the other pair, as in the great order Cleoptera, where the anterior pair are converted into elytra, and in Orthoptera, in which they become tegmina. (See wing-case.) The form, structure, and disposition of insects' wings are very variable, but quite constant in large groups, and therefore a basis of the division of insects into orders, and of their classification: whence the terms Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Orthoptera, Diptera, Aptera, etc. See phrases below, and cuts under nervure and venation.
    • n wing In other invertebrates, some part resembling or likened to a wing in form or function; an alate formation, as the expanded lip of a strom-bus.
    • n wing An organ resembling the wing of a bird, bat, or insect, with which gods, angels, demons, dragons, and a great variety of fabulous beings, as well as some inanimate objects, are conceived to be provided for the purpose of aërial locomotion or as symbolical of the power of omnipresence.
    • n wing Loosely or humorously, the fore leg of a quadruped; also, the arm of a human being.
    • n wing Figuratively, a means of travel, progress, or passage: usually emblematic of speed or elevation, but also used as a symbol of protecting care. See under one's wing, below.
    • n wing The act or the manner of flying; flight, literally or figuratively.
    • n wing Kind; species. Compare feather, 4.
    • n wing Something resembling or likened to a wing. In anatomy, a part likened to a wing; an ala, or alate part: as, the wings of the sphenoid bone. See ala, 2, and cut under sphenoid.
    • n wing A shoulder-knot, or small epaulet; specifically, a projecting piece of stuff, perhaps only a raised seam or welt, worn in the sixteenth century on the shoulder, at or near the insertion of the sleeve.
    • n wing A strip of leather or the like attached to the skirt of the runner in a grain-mill to sweep the meal into the spout.
    • n wing The side or displayed part of a dash-board.
    • n wing A projecting part of a hand-seine on each side of the central part, or bag, serving to collect the fish, and lead them into the bag.
    • n wing A thin, broad, projecting piece on a gudgeon, to prevent it from turning in its socket.
    • n wing A flock or company (of plover).
    • n wing Figuratively, in motion; traveling; active; busy.
    • n wing Taking flight; departing; vanishing.
    • wing To equip with wings for flying; specifically, to feather (an arrow).
    • wing Figuratively, to qualify for flight, elevation, rapid motion, etc.; especially, to lend speed or celerity to.
    • wing To supply with wings or side parts, divisions, or projections, as an army, a house, etc.; flank.
    • wing To brush or clean with a wing, usually that of a turkey.
    • wing To bear in flight; transport on or as on wings.
    • wing To perform or accomplish by means of wings.
    • wing To traverse in flight.
    • wing To carve, as a quail or other small bird.
    • wing To wound or disable in the wing, as a bird; colloquially, to wound (a person) in the arm or shoulder, or some other not vital part.
    • wing To fly; soar; travel on the wing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A honey bee strokes its wings about 11,500 times a minute
    • n Wing wing the organ of a bird, or other animal or insect, by which it flies: flight, means of flying: anything resembling a wing, any side-piece, the side of a building, &c.: one of the longer sides of crown-works or horn-works in fortification: the flank corps or division of an army on either side: the ships on either extremity of a fleet ranged in line:
    • v.t Wing to furnish or transport with wings: to lend speed to: to supply with side-pieces: to bear in flight, to traverse by flying: to wound on the wing, to wound a person in arm or shoulder
    • v.i Wing to soar on the wing
    • adj Wing shot in the wing, or while on the wing
    • n Wing wing (fig.) protection
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Quotations

  • Colley Cibber
    Colley Cibber
    “Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.”
  • C. Archie Danielson
    C. Archie Danielson
    “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
  • William Henry Hudson
    William Henry Hudson
    “You cannot fly like an eagle with wings of a wren.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Friendship is Love without his wings!”
  • Muhammad Ali
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    “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

Idioms

Take someone under your wing - If you take someone under your wing, you look after them while they are learning something.
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Waiting in the wings - If someone is waiting in the wings, or in the wings, they are in the background, but nearby, ready to act on short notice.
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Wing and a prayer - If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you try to do something and hope you'll succeed even though you have very little chance of success.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. winge, wenge,; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. vængr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. vængr, a wing; Sw. vinge.

Usage

In literature:

The species differ much in the spreading of the wings of the fruit.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
They roared on home, wing to wing.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
WINGS: Several styles of wings are used, see Diagram 2, page xi, those on Fig.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
Not all the flies of this stock have the wings in this condition; some have fully expanded wings that appear normal in all respects.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
Everything in these oceans of upper space apparently made use of wings, or the idea of wings.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
The three ran around the wing, bracing themselves against the prop blast.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The sails were set, and the wings of the royal galley, the "Wild Swan," spread wide to the breeze.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Losing a wing wouldn't be as bad as having the cable come down on you.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
His decoration ribbons were there, but no wings.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The Young Eagle under his Father's Wings.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Their rushing wings sounded like the hissing of a tornado.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The right wing moved towards the Sun Rising.
"Edge Hill" by Edwin Walford
The right wing commanded by General Grant, was to the east of the road, the left wing to the west.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The miniature wing has been described (Morgan, Science, 1911) and the wing figured (Morgan, Jour.
"Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
But Wing will see to all that, and get you both passages in the first steamer that suits.
"Stan Lynn" by George Manville Fenn
He flew over the wreck, circled it, dove on it, pulled up, wing-it, dove on it, pulled up, wing-overed, and dove on it again.
"Test Pilot" by Jimmy Collins
They could see the number on the wings, and sent back word to the world that he had passed there.
"Famous Flyers" by J. J. Grayson
Their wings are paddles, being flattened and devoid of quills.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
The grey heron was bearing ahead on stronger wing.
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
Those on his breast were white, and he had a white band on his wings.
"Among the Forest People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
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In poetry:

Light above all love
By thy love was lit,
And brought down the Dove
Feathered from above
With the wings of it.
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
That lovers, when they wove
The double myrtle-wreath,
Should sigh with mingled breath
Beneath the wings of Love:
"Enough" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
An' way up-dale girt hills noo fold
Theer wings sae blue
Like guardian angels do, when work is done
An' neet is new.
"October Moors (For Pauline Clough Young)" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
For on its wing was dark alloy,
And, as it flutter'd- fell
An essence- powerful to destroy
A soul that knew it well.
"The Happiest Day-The Happiest Hour" by Edgar Allan Poe
I mark on hills the shadowings
That march in sad array
From clouds that float above, like wings
Of angels flung away.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
Few are the feet that seek her here, but sleeping
Thoughts sweet as flowers
Linger for hours,
Things winged, yet weeping.
"Quiet" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall

In news:

A US Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle from the 432nd Wing out of Creech Air Force Base, Nev.
'Dragons: Riders of Berk ' spreads its wings on Cartoon Network.
Dan Bertram 40 Right Wing.
) Beef O' Brady's Wings for a year (460.00).
Music on the Wing in the Forests of Ecuador.
Dreams With Wings hosted the Black Widow 's Ball on Oct 13 inside the Brown Hotel's Bluegrass Room.
In the front are their hot wings, in the middle medium wings and the barbeque wings in the back.
100th Test Flight of the Boeing X-48 Blended Wing Body Aircraft.
Blue cheese, celery and a dash of hot sauce—it's a tried-and-true combo as an adornment for Buffalo wings.
Hmm, earn my blood wings or a body bag .
Katy Perry dared to bare in a sparkley nude bodysuit with giant butterfly wings at the 2012 MuchMusic Awards in Canada Sunday night, and RadarOnline.com has pics of the sultry singer and other celebs on the red carpet.
Romney bolstered by right-wing 'leaners'.
K-Wings bolstered by Dean Strong's return as they head into ECHL's Eastern Conference finals.
Domino's adds boneless chicken, tweaks wings.
Tyson® Homestyle Pepper Boneless Wings.
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In science:

The mass-loss rate is actually derived as the ratio ˙M /√f, where f is the volume filling factor that can be constrained by fits to the electron scattering wings of the helium line profiles (following Hillier 1991).
Spitzer-IRS Sectroscopy of the Prototype Wolf-Rayet star EZ CMa (HD 50896)
Thus, the moving-mirror redshift at the NW arc, the P Cyg “terminal velocity”, the red wing of the K I absorption, and the reflected line widths al l suggest flow speeds of about 50 km s−1 .
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
They are formed too far from the star to be electron scattering wings.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
E lE ]1/lE where lE determines the sharpness of the transition from the core to wing, and kE represents the profile of the jet wing.
Testing Gamma-Ray Burst Jet Structure with the Distribution of Gamma-Ray Energy Release
This is because the energy decreases exponentially at the wing and the GRB cannot be triggered by the detectors.
Testing Gamma-Ray Burst Jet Structure with the Distribution of Gamma-Ray Energy Release
During the active phase, this line absorption/scattering effect attenuated the violet wing from about +50 to −350 km s−1 and produced a P-Cygni type of the pro file (Fig. 3).
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
Therefore it is not possible to distinguish the wind emission from the scattered features in the Hα wing directly.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
In our case the observed Lyβ pro file is not able to produce the Hα wings through the Raman scattering process.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
As a result we have to investigate other possibilities to identify the main source of radiation contributing to the broad Hα wings.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
Therefore we suggest that the extended Hα wings, which developed during the investigated active phase of Z And, are due to kinematics of the ionized hydrogen rather than the Raman scattered Lyβ photons.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
If the excitation temperature is about 1000 K, there is a broad wing longwards of 13.7 µm (seen in S Sct in Fig.3).
Spitzer observations of acetylene bands in carbon-rich AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
The cavity within the ring appears to be filled in Hα with extended wings of probable stellar emission.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
The wings of the Pζ line are lost and therefore the equivalent widths of the S i lines can only be measured relative to the local continuum.
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
As mentioned in Sect 2, the equivalent widths of the S i lines at 9212.9 and 9237.5 ˚A were measured relative to the flux in the wings of the Paschen-zeta H i line at 9229˚A.
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
Due to the fact that all ob jects, stars and galaxies, have faint wings, a growth factor is applied to the masked regions.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
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