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What does "Wing" mean?

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(n.) A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace (n.) A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another (n.) An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot (n.) Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance (n.) Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara (n.) Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying (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.) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower (n.) Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion (n.) One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming (n.) One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes (n.) One of the sides of the stags in a theater (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.) 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 two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece (n.) Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing (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.) The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work (n.) The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc (v. t.) To cut off the wings of; to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird (v. t.) To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity (v. t.) To move through in flight; to fly through (v. t.) To supply with wings or sidepieces (v. t.) To transport by flight; to cause to fly


Synonyms fly, extension, annex, flank, fender, backstage, annexe, offstage


Example: "He preferred the drumsticks to the wings" Example: "In England they call a fender a wing"


Word Family winged, winging, wings