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wing

[ wing ]SEE DEFINITION OF wing
  • nounorgan, device of flight
  • nounsection; extension

Synonyms for wing

  • aileron
  • airfoil
  • appendage
  • feather
  • pennon
  • pinion
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Antonyms for wing

  • base
  • headquarters
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WING

Mr. Wing is an American-born Chinese and practises the profession of a valet.

So let the little angels sing: This child is safe beneath our wing.

He understood everything and he was resolved that his wing should not be broken.

If we can wing another they're likely to let us alone and we can go on.

Without it he is helpless, lost at sea, wing broken, crippled in business.

He still held her by the wing, and they lay on the ground and looked at each other.

He held on to the wing and growled between his tight-clenched teeth.

He swayed on the wing runway, and I slid to the door and stood watching.

Hardly would the thing have made a wing of the manor house at Chaynes-Wotten.

At meals she sat beside the Purser, and seemed more or less under his wing.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., wenge, from Old Norse vængr "wing of a bird, aisle, etc." (cf. Danish and Swedish vinge "wing"), of unknown origin, perhaps from a Proto-Germanic *we-ingjaz and ultimately from PIE root *we- "blow" (cf. Old English wawan "to blow;" see wind (n.)). Replaced Old English feðra (plural) "wings" (see feather). The meaning "either of two divisions of a political party, army, etc." is first recorded c.1400; theatrical sense is from 1790.

Verbal phrase wing it (1885) is from theatrical slang sense of an actor learning his lines in the wings before going onstage, or else not learning them at all and being fed by a prompter in the wings. The verb to wing "shoot a bird in the wing" is from 1802. The slang sense of to earn (one's) wings is 1940s, from the wing-shaped badges awarded to air cadets on graduation. To be under (someone's) wing "protected by (someone)" is recorded from early 13c. Phrase on a wing and a prayer is title of a 1943 song about landing a damaged aircraft.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WING

addition

nounsomething conjoined to or enlargement of something

annex

nounsomething added; extension

armies

nounmilitary force, usually for land
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