wing

/ˈwɪŋ/

  • Noun
  • a part of an animal's body that is used for flying or gliding
    1. a bird's wing
    2. bat/insect wings
  • the wing of a bird and especially a chicken eaten as food
    1. We ordered some wings.
  • one of usually two long, flat parts of an airplane that extend from the sides and make it possible for the airplane to fly
  • a particular section of a large building
    1. In the library's north wing, you'll find the current periodicals.
    2. She works in the pediatric wing of the hospital.
    3. The guest room is in the east wing.
  • the areas on the sides of a stage where performers wait before going onto the stage
    1. She was standing in the wings, waiting for her cue.
    2. The issue has been lurking/waiting in the wings [=it has been waiting to be dealt with] for several years.
  • a particular part of a large organization or group
    1. The conservative wing of the party opposed the legislation.
    2. the political wing of the organization
  • a group of military airplanes
    1. the 107th Fighter Wing
  • a person who plays on the offense in a position that is towards the sides of the playing area in sports like hockey and soccer
    1. The left/right wing passed the ball to the center.
  • to limit someone's ability to do or say things
    1. They clipped his wings by withholding funding for his projects.
  • to officially become a pilot
    1. The pilots all got their wings at the end of training.
  • to gain experience in something
    1. He got his wings as a volunteer by doing work in a soup kitchen.
  • without much chance of success
    1. She took the job on a wing and a prayer.
  • in flight
    1. The birds were on the wing. [=were flying]
  • to become more independent and confident
    1. He's known as a comic actor, but he's spreading his wings and trying a serious role in his new movie.
    2. College gave her a chance to spread her wings.
  • to help, teach, or take care of (someone who is younger or has less experience than you)
    1. He took the rookie pitcher under his wing.
    2. She took me under her wing and showed me how things were done.
  • to begin to fly
    1. The ducks took wing and flew away.
    2. Let your imagination take wing and explore the possibilities.
  • Verb
  • to travel to a place by flying there
    1. The team winged to Moscow for the finals.
    2. winging across the country
    3. She winged her way to Paris [=she flew to Paris] for the weekend.
  • to throw (something) forcefully
    1. She winged the ball over to first base.
  • to touch or hit (someone or something) especially in the arm or wing while moving past
    1. The soldier was winged by a stray bullet.
  • to do or try to do something without much practice or preparation
    1. I hadn't practiced the part, so I got up there and winged it.
    2. We weren't sure what we were doing. We were just winging it.