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WING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wing mean? 

WING (noun)
  The noun WING has 9 senses:

1. a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
2. one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
3. a stage area out of sight of the 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. the wing of a fowl
8. a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud
9. an addition that extends a main building

  Familiarity information: WING used as a noun is familiar.


WING (verb)
  The verb WING has 1 sense:

1. travel through the air; be airborne

  Familiarity information: WING used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WING (noun)


Sense 1wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movable organ for flying (one of a pair)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

organ (a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function)

Meronyms (parts of "wing"):

alula; bastard wing; spurious wing (tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird's wing)

flight feather; pinion; quill; quill feather (any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wing"):

elytron; wing case (either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings)

ala (a wing of an insect)

fore wing; fore-wing; forewing (either of the anterior pair of wings on an insect that has four wings)

balancer; halter; haltere (either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight)

pennon; pinion (wing of a bird)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

angel (spiritual being attendant upon God)

insect (small air-breathing arthropod)

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)


Sense 2wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

aerofoil; airfoil; control surface; surface (a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight)

Meronyms (parts of "wing"):

aileron (an airfoil that controls lateral motion)

flap; flaps (a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag)

rib (support resembling the rib of an animal)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

aeroplane; airplane; plane (an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets)


Sense 3wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stage area out of sight of the audience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

offstage; backstage; wing

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

stage (a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience)


Sense 4wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of military aircraft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

air unit (a military unit that is part of the airforce)

Meronyms (members of "wing"):

squadron (an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

air division; division (a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings)


Sense 5wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The side of military or naval formation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

flank; wing

Context example:

they attacked the enemy's right flank

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

formation (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 6wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

hockey player; ice-hockey player (an athlete who plays hockey)


Sense 7wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The wing of a fowl

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Context example:

he preferred the drumsticks to the wings

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

helping; portion; serving (an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wing"):

turkey wing (the wing of a turkey)

chicken wing (the wing of a chicken)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

bird; fowl (the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food)


Sense 8wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fender; wing

Context example:

in England they call a fender a wing

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

barrier (a structure or object that impedes free movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wing"):

mudguard; splash guard; splash-guard (a curved piece above the wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle to protect the rider from water or mud thrown up by the wheels)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)


Sense 9wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An addition that extends a main building

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

annex; annexe; wing; extension

Hypernyms ("wing" is a kind of...):

add-on; addition; improver (a component that is added to something to improve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wing"):

ell (an extension at the end and at right angles to the main building)

Holonyms ("wing" is a part of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)


WING (verb)


Sense 1wing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel through the air; be airborne

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fly; wing

Context example:

Man cannot fly

Hypernyms (to "wing" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wing"):

soar (fly upwards or high in the sky)

fly on (continue flying)

flight (fly in a flock)

rack (fly in high wind)

buzz (fly low)

hover (hang in the air; fly or be suspended above)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


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