wing

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Agriculture

  • noun one of the feather-covered limbs of a bird or membrane-covered limbs of a bat that are used for flying
  • noun an outgrowth on a seed case of seeds such as sycamore dispersed by wind
  • noun the lower part of the ploughshare behind the point

Cars & Driving

  • noun the car body panel that covers a road wheel and provides protection against splashes of mud, etc.

Construction

  • A section or addition extending out from the main part of a building.
  • The offstage space at a side of a stage.
  • One of the four leaves of a revolving door.

Food

  • The feathered front limbs of a bird used for flying or fast ground running. Usually only the bone nearest the body is used, the remainder going into the stockpot. If very meaty the two bones may be used and are often marinated and grilled.

Military

  • noun a thin horizontal structure extending from either side of an aircraft, in order to support it in flight
  • noun an air force grouping of several squadrons

Politics

  • noun a group within a political party or movement that has distinct beliefs, especially either of two broad groupings, one more conservative, the other more liberal in its views

Sports

  • noun either of the longer sides of the field of play, at right angles to the sides where the goals are
  • noun in some team sports such as football and hockey, an attacking player who plays down one side of the field
  • noun in some sports, the position played by a wing

Travel

  • noun part of a bird used for flying, eaten as food
  • noun one of two large flat surface at the side of aircraft, which enable it to fly

Origin & History of “wing”

Wing was borrowed from Old Norse vængir, source also of Swedish and Danish vinge and Norwegian veng. this came ultimately from the Indo-European base *we- ‘blow’, and the missing semantic link with ‘wing’ may be ‘flutter’.
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