Meaning of WING in English


I. wing 1 S2 W2 /wɪŋ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]


a) one of the parts of a bird’s or insect’s body that it uses for flying:

a butterfly with beautiful markings on its wings

The pheasant flapped its wings vigorously.

b) the meat on the wing bone of a chicken, duck etc, eaten as food:

spicy chicken wings

2 .

PLANE one of the large flat parts that stick out from the side of a plane and help to keep it in the air

3 . BUILDING one of the parts of a large building, especially one that sticks out from the main part

north/east etc wing

the east wing of the palace

She works in the hospital’s maternity wing.

4 . POLITICS a group of people within a political party or other organization who have a particular opinion or aim:

the moderate wing of the Republican Party

⇨ ↑ left-wing , ↑ right-wing


a) a ↑ winger

b) the far left or right part of a sports field

6 . CAR British English the part of a car that is above a wheel SYN fender American English

7 . take somebody under your wing to help and protect someone who is younger or less experienced than you are

8 . (waiting/lurking) in the wings ready to do something or be used when the time is right:

Several junior managers are waiting in the wings for promotion.

9 . THEATRE the wings [plural] the parts at each side of a stage where actors are hidden from people who are watching the play

10 . on a wing and a prayer if you do something on a wing and a prayer, you do not have much chance of succeeding

11 . be on the wing literary if a bird is on the wing, it is flying

12 . take wing literary to fly away

13 . get your wings to pass the examinations you need to become a pilot ⇨ clip sb’s wings at ↑ clip 2 (6), ⇨ spread your wings at ↑ spread 1 (10)

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■ verbs

▪ flap its wings (=move them)

The ducks woke up and flapped their wings.

▪ beat its wings (=move them in a regular way while flying)

The female beats her wings as fast as 500 times a second.

▪ flutter its wings (=move them quickly)

I heard some birds fluttering their wings outside the window.

▪ spread/open its wings

The dragon spread its wings and gave an experimental flap.

▪ stretch its wings (=open them completely)

The cage was so small the birds could not even stretch their wings.

▪ fold its wings

Gannets fold their wings and plummet like an arrow into the sea to catch their prey.

▪ wings flap

Dusky wings flapped overhead.

▪ wings beat

Their great wings beat slowly.

■ adjectives

▪ outstretched

The eagle descended on outstretched wings.

II. wing 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] literary to fly somewhere:

a flock of geese winging down the coast

wing its/their way to/across etc something

planes winging their way to exotic destinations

2 . wing its/their way to go or be sent somewhere very quickly

wing its/their way to

A bottle of champagne will soon be winging its way to 10 lucky winners.

3 . wing it spoken to do something without planning or preparing it:

We’ll just have to wing it.

III. wing ‧ er /ˈwɪŋə $ -ər/ BrE AmE ( also wing ) noun [countable]

someone who plays in the far left or far right of the field in games such as football

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.