1) orn either of the two forelimbs of birds and some mammals, corresponding to the human arms, that are specialized for flight or may be rudimentary, as in flightless birds, and sometimes adapted for swimming, as in penguins
2) ent one of the paired thin, lateral extensions of the body wall on the thorax of an insect, by means of which it flies
3) a means or instrument of flight, travel, or progress
4) the act or manner of flying
5) any winglike part or extension, as the vane of a windmill, the feather of an arrow, or the ala of a bone
6) aer.
a) one of a pair of airfoils attached transversely to the fuselage of an aircraft and providing lift
b) both airfoils, taken collectively
7) archit. a part of a building projecting on one side of, or subordinate to, a central or main part
8) fur either of two forward extensions of the sides of the back of an easy chair
9) mil either of the two side portions of an army or fleet; flank
10) mil an administrative and tactical unit of the U.S. Air Force consisting of two or more groups, a headquarters, and various support units
11) gov a faction within a political party or other organization, usu. at one extreme or the other:
the liberal wing[/ex]
12) spo Sports. (in some team games) any one of the positions, or a player in such a position, on the far side of the center position, known as the left or right wing with reference to the direction of the opposite goal
13) sbz Theat.
a) Usu., wings. the space at the right or left side of the playing area of a stage, ordinarily not seen by the audience
14) Bot.
a) bot any leaflike expansion, as of a samara
b) bot one of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower
15) wings, any of various insignia representing outspread wings and usu. signifying achievement, acceptance, etc., esp. the successful completion of flight training
16) sts Slang. an arm of a human being
17) to equip with wings or a winglike part or parts
18) to lend speed or celerity to
19) to transport on or as if on wings
20) to perform or accomplish by wings or by flight
21) to traverse in flight
22) to wound or disable in the wing:
to wing a bird[/ex]
23) to wound (a person) in an arm or other nonvital part
24) inf to deliver with or by the arm; throw or lob:
to wing a ball through a window[/ex]
25) to travel on or as if on wings; fly; soar
Etymology: 1125–75; ME wenge (pl. n.) < Scand; cf. ON vængr, pl. ngir wing wing′like`, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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