American English

Definition of wing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of bird/insect
  1. 1[countable] one of the parts of the body of a bird, insect, or bat that it uses for flying The swan flapped its wings noisily. wing feathers
  2. of plane
  3. 2[countable] one of the large, flat parts that stick out from the side of a plane and help to keep it in the air when it is flying
  4. of building
  5. 3[countable] one of the parts of a large building that sticks out from the main part the east wing the new wing of the hospital
  6. of organization
  7. 4[countable] one section of an organization that has a particular function or whose members share the same opinions synonym arm the radical wing of the party the political wing of the National Resistance Army see also left wing, right wing
  8. in soccer/hockey
  9. 5[countable] = winger, left wing, right wing
  10. 6[countable] the far left or right side of the sports field He plays on the wing.
  11. in theater
  12. 7the wings [plural] the area at either side of the stage that cannot be seen by the audience She watched every performance from the wings.
  13. Idioms
    clip somebody's wings
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    to restrict a person's freedom or power Having a new baby to take care of has clipped her wings.
    get your wings
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    to pass the exams that mean you are allowed to fly a plane
    (waiting) in the wings
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    ready to take over a particular job or be used in a particular situation when needed A whole host of ambitious young managers were waiting in the wings.
    on the wing (literary)
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    (of a bird, insect, etc.) flying
    on a wing and a prayer
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    with only a very slight chance of success
    spread your wings
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    to become more independent and confident and try new activities, etc. Going to college gave her the chance to spread her wings.
    take somebody under your wing
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    to take care of and help someone who has less experience of something than you
    take wing (literary)
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    (of a bird, insect, etc.) to fly away (figurative) Her imagination took wing.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wing