• (n.) One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat.
They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for
flight, but in the case of a few species of birds, as the ostrich, auk,
etc., the wings are used only as an assistance in running or swimming.
• (n.) Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of
• (n.) One of the two pairs of upper thoracic appendages of most
hexapod insects. They are broad, fanlike organs formed of a double
membrane and strengthened by chitinous veins or nervures.
• (n.) One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
• (n.) Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing.
• (n.) Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid
• (n.) Anything which agitates the air as a wing does, or which is
put in winglike motion by the action of the air, as a fan or vane for
winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
• (n.) An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder
• (n.) Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in
shape or appearance.
• (n.) One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a
pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
• (n.) Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of
certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
• (n.) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
• (n.) One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
• (n.) A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the
wings of a palace.
• (n.) The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the
• (n.) A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the
side of another.
• (n.) The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
• (n.) That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest
the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn
up in line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.
• (n.) One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
• (v. t.) To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with
• (v. t.) To supply with wings or sidepieces.
• (v. t.) To transport by flight; to cause to fly.
• (v. t.) To move through in flight; to fly through.
• (v. t.) To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable
a wing of; as, to wing a bird.