Meaning of “wing” in the English Dictionary

"wing" in British English

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wingnoun [ C ]

uk /wɪŋ/ us /wɪŋ/

wing noun [ C ] (FOR FLYING)

B1 the flat part of the body that a bird, insect, or bat uses for flying, or one of the flat, horizontal structures that stick out from the side of an aircraft and support it when it is flying:

the delicacy of a butterfly's wings
I don't like chicken wings - there's not much meat on them.
I could see the plane's wing out of my window.
take wing literary

If a bird takes wing, it flies away.

to suddenly develop, freely and powerfully:

She walked in the hills, letting her thoughts take wing.
on the wing literary

A bird that is on the wing is flying.

More examples

  • The poor bird couldn't fly because it had a broken wing.
  • With one wing damaged, the model airplane spiralled downwards.
  • A close inspection revealed minute cracks in the aircraft's fuselage and wings.
  • I've nearly finished making my plane - I just have to glue the wings on.
  • The hummingbird beats its wings at great speed.

wing noun [ C ] (POLITICAL GROUP)

C2 a group within a political party or organization whose beliefs are in some way different from those of the main group:

The president is on the left wing of the Democratic party.
The extreme right wing of the party has dominated the discussion.

More examples

  • He criticized what he described as the 'neanderthal tendencies' of the right wing of the party.
  • He's on the right wing of the party.
  • Many people consider Sinn Fein to be the political wing of the IRA.
  • Religious fanatics have formed an unholy alliance with right wing groups.
  • During the last decade the left wing of the party has held the whip hand.

wing noun [ C ] (PART OF BUILDING)

a part of a large building that sticks out from the main part, often having been added at a later date:

The maternity department will be in the new wing of the hospital.
The west wing of the house is still lived in by Lord and Lady Carlton, while the rest of the house is open to the public.

wingverb

uk /wɪŋ/ us /wɪŋ/ informal

(Definition of “wing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wingnoun [ C ]

us /wɪŋ/

wing noun [ C ] (STRUCTURE FOR FLYING)

one of the movable, usually long and flat, parts on either side of the body of a bird, insect, or bat that it uses for flying, or one of the long, flat, horizontal structures that stick out on either side of an aircraft:

The duck flapped its wings and took off.

wing noun [ C ] (POLITICAL GROUP)

a group within a political party or organization whose beliefs are in some way different from those of the main group:

She’s in the conservative wing of the party.

wing noun [ C ] (PART OF BUILDING)

a section of a large building that connects to a side of the main part:

His office is in the west wing of the White House.

(Definition of “wing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)