1 /wIN/ noun (C)
a) one of the parts of a bird's or insect's body that it uses for flying: a butterfly with beautiful markings on its wings | flap its wings (=move them up and down): vultures circling overhead, lazily flapping their wings.
b) the meat on the wing bone of a chicken, duck etc, used as food: spicy chicken wings
2 PLANE one of the large flat parts that stick out from the side of a plane and help to keep it in the air
3 BUILDING one of the parts of a large building, especially one that sticks out from the main part: the east wing of the palace | She works in the hospital's maternity wing.
4 POLITICS a group within a political party or similar organization, whose members share particular opinions and aims, especially when these are different from those of most people in the organization: She's on the liberal wing of the Republican Party.
—see also: left wing 2, right wing
a) someone who plays on the far left or far right of the field in games like football
b) the far left or right part of the field
6 CAR BrE the part of a car's body that covers the wheels; fender (2) AmE
7 take sb under your wing to give help and protection, especially to someone younger or less experienced
8 (waiting) in the wings ready to take action or ready to be used when the time is right: There's a whole series of tax-cutting measures waiting in the wings.
9 THEATRE the wings (plural) the parts at either side of a stage where the actors are hidden from view
10 be on the wing literary if a bird is on the wing, it is flying
11 take wing literary to fly away
12 get your wings to pass the necessary flying exams and become a pilot
2 verb
1 (intransitive always + adv/prep) especially literary to fly: a flock of geese winging down the coast from Iceland
2 wing its way
a) to fly: planes winging their way to exotic destinations
b) to be sent quickly from one place to another: Our special first prize will soon be winging its way towards you.
3 (T) to wound a person or bird in the arm or wing
4 wing it AmE spoken to do something without planning or preparation: I didn't have time to prepare for the meeting - I'll just have to wing it.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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