• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Red-wing a species of thrush well known in Britain as a winter bird of passage, having an exquisite, clear, flute-like song
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. reád; Ger. roth, L. ruber, Gr. e-rythros, Gael. ruath.


In literature:

I saw him do it, and I know he spread out some red things like wings.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
But when the god would have drawn her close to him and kissed her red lips, Fear leapt to Terror, and Terror winged her feet.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
In the late summer of each year all the warriors of Red Wing's and Wabasha's villages would leave their homes for the fort.
"Old Fort Snelling" by Marcus L. Hansen
Like our common red-head, this bird has the habit of soaring out into the air and nabbing insects on the wing.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Yellow, blue, green, or red wings were cleaving the air in all directions.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
In the nearest clump of reeds we notice several red-winged blackbirds, chattering nervously.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
They were beautiful creatures with large red eyes on their wings.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
The head, legs and thorax are a bright rusty red; the wing-cases and abdomen are white.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Red Wing, D. C. Hill, 5.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
A sudden whirr and flash, where a host of red-winged blackbirds arose in a cloud from the road, proved too much for him.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
IV., 7); (2) a deep red with red wings known as Miss Hunt (Pl.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
All around him he heard red-winged blackbirds singing their spring challenges.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
An occasional flash of red wings showed where the units of the A. F. F. were at work.
"The Hammer of Thor" by Charles Willard Diffin
He folded his wings, and immediately, of all the stars the little winking red one came rushing to him while the others slid by.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
About him was a pandemonium of flailing wings; ahead and below was the red of hidden fires.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
The right wing knew him, for he was with you in the Red River campaign.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
And the Six Nations will be with the red-coats; Crow Wing's people will be with them.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
The governess, meanwhile, lay quite still, watching the limp form in the branches beside her and still holding the tips of his red wings.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
Except when nesting, Red-wings live in flocks.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
The red-wings are among the earliest of our spring visitors, and south of the Ohio River and Washington may be found all through the winter.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various

In poetry:

All the gulls are out, delighting
In a wild, uncharted quest­
See the first red sunshine smiting
Silver sheen of wing and breast!
"Morning along Shore" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Shrill whistled the winds as his dun wings
Strove with it feather by feather;
Loud grated the rock as his talons
Its breast spurned slowly his red eyes.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Deep pierc'd the red gaze of the eagle--
The breast of a cygnet below him;
Beneath his dun wing from the eastward
Shrill-chaunted the long shaft of Gisli!
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Bright image of the early years
When glowed my cheek as red as thou,
And life's dark throng of cares and fears
Were swift-winged shadows o'er my sunny brow!
"To The Painted Columbine" by Jones Very
There's rosemary in Love's garden,
But that remembrance brings.
There are roses red, in a hidden bed,
With petals curved like wings.
Red petals like Love's wings.
"At The Gate" by Ethel Clifford
On scented wings the sorrowing breezes came
And fanned the blaze, until the smoke that rushed
In dusky volumes upward, lit with flame
All redly blushed
Like Melancholy's sombre cheek by weeping flushed.
"Shelley's Obsequies" by Nathan Covington Brooks

In news:

Odds are stacked against Red Wings, but don't count them out in Game 3 against Sharks.
The Detroit Red Wings are in deep discussions with the NHL about hosting an outdoor game within the next two seasons. has learned the Red Wings expect to host the annual Winter Classic either next season or in 2013-14.
Goal for Red Wings is to keep peppering Pekka Rinne.
Red Wings could use Justin Abdelkader's 'grit and physicality ' in season debut vs Nashville.
Red Wing officials can inspect rental properties without probable cause .
Millions have enjoyed the high quality workmanship of Red Wing work boots.
The Associated Press Manny Legace, making a save while playing for the Detroit Red Wings in 2005, has been hired as the goaltending coach by the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, speaks about his decision to vote against the marriage amendment Wednesday, Sept 26, 2012 in Red Wing.
Elg is a former longtime pastor of a Red Wing church.
(AP) — Minnesota corrections officials say two boys who had gone missing from the Red Wing juvenile prison are back in custody.
Minnesota corrections officials say two boys who had gone missing from the Red Wing juvenile prison are back in custody.
Runners pack up in Red Wing.
Red Wings Alumni , local cops to play hockey benefit for family of slain West Bloomfield officer.
Red Wings alumni , local cops to play benefit for family of slain West Bloomfield officer.

In science:

The peak of the Lya emission arise at a relative velocity 800 km s-1, while the red wing extends to ~ 1500 km s-1, and the blue wing is sharply absorbed.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
Fitting our red spectrum with a single set of Gaussians does not give a satisfactory fit and indicates the presence of weak broad wings in the [N I I] lines; two sets of Gaussians are needed, revealing the presence of a weak Seyfert-like nebulosity with λ6583/Hα = 1.87.
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
In addition to this first-order characterization, there are complicating features in some of the line profiles, such as an extended red wing on Hβ which may be due in part to Fe II λλ4923,5018.
The End of the Lines for OX 169: No Binary Broad-Line Region
Hence the characteristic line profile of the nebular phase is not a P Cygni profile, but an emission line that peaks near the rest wavelength and for several reasons may have an extended red wing [43,20].
Optical Spectra of Supernovae
Lyα photons injected into a neutral IGM are strongly scattered, and the red damping wing of the GP trough can strongly suppress, or even completely eliminate, the Lyα emission line (Miralda-Escudé 1998; Miralda-Escudé & Rees 1998; Loeb & Rybicki 1999).
The First Nonlinear Structures and the Reionization History of the Universe
Its emission line profile is strongly truncated at wavelengths blueward shortward the line peak while shows red-wing emission.
Subaru Surveys for High-z Galaxies
The intrinsically narrow (fluorescent) line is broadened and skewed, with an extended red wing consistent with the effect of gravitational redshift on photons emitted from very close to the horizon.
Extreme Test of Quantum Theory with Black Holes
The [Fe X] λ6374.5 line is close to the red wing of the very strong [O I] λ6363.8 line.
Coronal emission from the shocked circumstellar ring of SN 1987A
In Figure 7, we show how, despite absorption blueward of the peak of C IV emission, it is still possible to use the red wing of C IV, the He II emission line, and the C III] emission complex to demonstrate that BALQSOs have larger than average blueshifts (LoBALs exhibiting the largest blueshifts).
AGN Outflows in Emission and Absorption: The SDSS Perspective
By comparison with the red wing of CIV and the CIII] emission line region, it is seen that BALQSOs have larger than average CIV blueshifts, LoBALs being more extreme than HiBALs. (Adapted from R02).
AGN Outflows in Emission and Absorption: The SDSS Perspective
The intrinsically narrow line is broadened and skewed by relativistic effects, with an extended red wing caused by the gravitational redshift of photons emitted from very near the horizon.
Astrophysical and Cosmological Tests of Quantum Theory
The top spectrum (August 24) shows a nearly complete blend while the bottom spectrum (September 9) shows the deblended state (with perhaps a slight asymmetry in the red wing of the Balmer lines).
New Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
Hence, the evidence for gravitational redshift can be extracted from the red wing of the line.
Experimental tests of pseudo-complex General Relativity
Typically, the closer the line emitting region extends towards the black hole, the greater the reduction in line emission at the red wing and the greater the reduction in the line flux.
Experimental tests of pseudo-complex General Relativity
The red wing of Hβ is, however, considerably stronger compared to Hα.
Late Spectral Evolution of the Ejecta and Reverse Shock in SN1987A