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Wing appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Vamp fox held quartz duck just by wing. (31 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun wing:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wing:


Wing is sometimes a misspelling of Wings.

The word wing is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun wing

What does wing mean as a name of something?

Wing is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: wings

  1. a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: organ = a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: bird = warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings; bat / chiropteran = nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate; insect = small air-breathing arthropod; angel = spiritual being attendant upon God
    • parts:
  2. one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: aerofoil / airfoil / control surface / surface = a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air
    • part of: aeroplane / airplane / plane = an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
    • parts:
      • aileron = an airfoil that controls lateral motion
      • flaps / flap = a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing
      • rib = support resembling the rib of an animal
  3. a stage area out of sight of the audience
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of wing: backstage / offstage
    • more generic word: stage = a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
  4. a unit of military aircraft
  5. the side of military or naval formation
  6. a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
  7. (in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
  8. a group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function
    • example: they are the progressive wing of the Republican Party
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: social group = people sharing some social relation
  9. the wing of a fowl
    • example: he preferred the drumsticks to the wings
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic words: helping / portion / serving = an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: bird / fowl = the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
  10. a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud
    • example: in Britain they call a fender a wing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of wing: fender
    • more generic word: barrier = a structure or object that impedes free movement
    • more specific terms: splash guard / splash-guard / mudguard = a curved piece above the wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle to protect the rider from water or mud thrown up by the wheels
    • part of: auto / automobile / car / machine / motorcar = a motor vehicle with four wheels
  11. an addition that extends a main building
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of wing: annex / annexe / extension
    • more generic words: add-on / addition / improver = a component that is added to something to improve it
    • more specific word: ell = an extension at the end and at right angles to the main building
    • part of: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

Alternative definition of the noun wing


  1. An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly.
  2. [slang] Human arm.
  3. Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  4. Part of a building, an extension from the main building
  5. Part of a huge room. [rfv-sense, Is this right? Could not find any proof. Hekaheka Jul 4, 2007]
  6. A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  7. An organizational grouping in a military aviation service
  8. [British] A unit of command consisting of two or more squadrons and itself being a sub-unit of a group or station.
  9. [US] A larger formation of two or more groups, which in turn control two or more squadrons.
  10. [British] A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  11. [context: nautical] A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  12. [context: field hockey, ice hockey, football] A position in several field games on either side of the field.
  13. [sports] A player occupying such a position, also called a winger

Specialised definition of the noun wing

Glossary of sports

either of the longer sides of the field of play, at right angles to the sides where the goals are (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in some team sports such as football and hockey, an attacking player who plays down one side of the field (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in some sports, the position played by a wing (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

a structure that frames a jump and supports the cups that hold the rails. A jump has two wings, one on each side

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

a forward who plays near the sideline

Glossary of sports / motorsports

a spoiler

Glossary of sports / power boating

any aerodynamic shape, surface, or device that generates lift; commonly applied to the horizontal stabilizer or ram wing

Glossary of sports / water polo

an area near the sideline

Definition of the verb wing

What does wing mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: winged | winging | wings

  1. travel through the air; be airborne
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of wing: fly
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb wing


  1. [transitive] To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the arm.
  2. [intransitive] To fly.
  3. [transitive] (Of a building) To add a wing (extra part) to.
  4. [transitive] To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise; to wing it.
  5. [transitive] To throw.


Who is Wing?

Wing Han Tsang, popularly known simply as Wing, is a New Zealand singer of Hong Kong origin. She is known for her unique singing style, being an example of outsider music.

Phrases with Wing

Phrases starting with the word Wing:

  1. Wing It
  2. wing elm
  3. wing nut
  4. wing tip
  5. wing-nut
  6. wing case
  7. wing flat
  8. Wing-Back
  9. Wing-Play

Phrases ending with the word Wing:

  1. Bite Wing
  2. fore wing
  3. fore-wing
  4. hind wing
  5. left wing
  6. left-wing
  7. Take Wing
  8. delta wing
  9. Goose Wing
  10. right wing
  11. right-wing

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wing

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Google previewPhilosophy of Evolutionary Biology (2017)

by Stefan Linquist

The avian wing is a modified tetrapod forelimb that evolved at a particular point in evolutionary history. So the avian...

wing is a tetrapod forelimb modified in a radically different way at a different point in evolutionary history. So the...

Google previewEducational Notes and Queries (1881)

A Medium of Intercommunication for Teachers by William Downs Henkle

Wing is a noun, the subject of the infinitive go, hence in the objective case. The infinitive, with its subject, forms...

Wing is the assumed subject of the infinitive go, and with it is used as the direct object of heard. Whir is an adverb (or a verb used ...

Google previewSupplement to the Ornithological Dictionary, Or Synopsis of British Birds (1813)

by George Montagu

Direction for amputating the Wing of a Bird in a Menagerie. Any lliing thai may tend to obviate cruelty in our amusements, cannot but be highly acceptable. To those who may li*.ve a menagerie or a decoy, or wish to preserve the larger birds in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Odonata - Zygoptera (2008)

Illustrated Keys to Known Families, Genera, and Species in South America by Charles W. Heckman

Microstigma rotundatum: fore and hind wing of a female (upper left), male prothorax in dorsal view (upper center) and female prothorax in dorsal (lower center) and lateral view (lower right center), pattern on the thoraces of two female ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

composite wingAn Air Force wing that operates more than one type of weapon system.

Google previewThe Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing (2010)

Your Ultimate A to Z Guide to Being a Better Angler by Tom Rosenbauer

ELK HAIR CADDIS The Elk Hair Caddis, also known as the Elk Wing Caddis, is one of the most useful and popular dry flies. Developed by Montana fishing guide Al Troth, it is a high-floating, durable imitation of an adult caddisfly fluttering on ...

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Video language resources about Wing

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Sign language

Broken Wing by martina mcbride in sign language by Halye Dawn

Quotes about Wing

Left wing, right wing, I am wingless and tired of trying to fly. Here comes the ground. (Marc Maron)
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Scrabble value of W4I1N1G2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of WING

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  • GWIN

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