Meaning of WING in English

WING

/ wɪŋ; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

OF BIRD / INSECT

1.

[ C ] one of the parts of the body of a bird, insect or bat that it uses for flying :

The swan flapped its wings noisily.

wing feathers

—picture at bird

OF PLANE

2.

[ C ] one of the large flat parts that stick out from the side of a plane and help to keep it in the air when it is flying

—picture at plane

OF BUILDING

3.

[ C ] one of the parts of a large building that sticks out from the main part :

the east wing

the new wing of the hospital

OF CAR

4.

( BrE ) ( NAmE fend·er ) [ C ] a part of a car that is above a wheel :

There was a dent in the nearside wing.

—picture at hatchback

OF ORGANIZATION

5.

[ C ] one section of an organization that has a particular function or whose members share the same opinions

SYN arm :

the radical wing of the party

the political wing of the National Resistance Army

—see also left wing , right wing

IN FOOTBALL / HOCKEY

6.

[ C ] = winger

—see also left wing , right wing

7.

[ C ] the far left or right side of the sports field :

He plays on the wing.

IN THEATRE

8.

the wings [ pl. ] the area at either side of the stage that cannot be seen by the audience

IDIOMS

- get your wings

- (waiting) in the wings

- on a wing and a prayer

- on the wing

- take sb under your wing

- take wing

—more at clip verb , spread verb

■ verb

FLY

1.

[+ adv. / prep. ] ( literary ) to fly somewhere :

[ vn ]

A solitary seagull winged its way across the bay.

[also v ]

GO QUICKLY

2.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to be sent somewhere very quickly :

An application form will be winging its way to you soon.

IDIOMS

- wing it

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (originally in the plural): from Old Norse vængir , plural of vængr .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.