Wing and wing

Definitions

  • 45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
    45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wing and wing (Naut) with sails hauled out on either side; -- said of a schooner, or her sails, when going before the wind with the foresail on one side and the mainsail on the other; also said of a square-rigged vessel which has her studding sails set. Cf. Goosewinged.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified a, b, c. Leg, wing-cover, and wing of Grasshopper, magnified
black and white drawing of red-winged black bird black and white drawing of red-winged black bird
Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females Apple Aphid (Aphis pomi), winged and wingless females

Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!”
  • Charles Dickens
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    “Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.”
  • Thomas F. Kennedy
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    “Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.”
  • Denis Waitley
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    “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

Idioms

Wing and a prayer - If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you try to do something and hope you'll succeed even though you have very little chance of success.
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Usage

In literature:

Then he felt his head enfolded in the strangling membranes of wings and borne downwards.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Season the legs and wings first, and then broil them, which will greatly improve the flavour.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The Belgians thrust their right wing forward and recaptured Alost.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It now remains to place the body, set wings and legs and tail, sew up the breast incision, and, if a large bird, the wings.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Then she was gone, and all about was only the whip of wings and the flashing whirls of light.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
It opened its helicopter wings and drifted downward.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Smaller than the last two species and deep blue, with wings and tail blackish, and the lesser coverts and tips of greater, chestnut.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
That is, with small imitation wings and horns, or feelers.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
We'll go down to the long hole now and see what we can do, and Wing will come as soon as he gives the men their dinner.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
It's like the breath of an ice-creature; it brings hail and sleet and cold rain that beat down wings and blind the eyes.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
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In poetry:

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,--
My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing,
And meltest me to melody.
"Thou Art My Lute" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Then shook the lark again its wings,
And, fluttering o'er its bed
Deep—bosomed in the grassy floor,
In rippling answer said:—
"A Question Answered" by Alfred Austin
Where art thou, Love? Oh, loud I call!
Life's dust and heat they lie
Upon my wings, and drag them down:
Oh, hear me where I sigh!
"A Sigh" by Mathilde Blind
Oh! I will hold fast to Joy!
I will not let him depart--
He shall close his beautiful rainbow wings
And sing his song in my heart.
"Paeans" by Virna Sheard
"I feel as if my heart had wings,
And tender from excess of bliss,
His form, which airy fancy brings,
In fond emotion seem to kiss.
"The Mother" by Matilda Betham
So sang a youth of glorious blood.
Below, the wind-hawk shook her wings,
And lower, in its kingdom, stood
A tower of ancient kings.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

Chris Washburn and Monique Richardson, co-owners of Washburn's Wings and more, opened their resturant in Hickory about three months ago.
How would you like to win 100 Jumbo wings and your choice of sauce in time for your "Big Game Party".
Tanner Wing and Melinda Mayne .
Doug and Judy Mayne have announced the engagement of their daughter, Melinda, to Tanner Wing, son of Sid and Kim Wing, all of Mountain Home.
Michigan corn maze pays tribute to Red Wings and Walleye.
Also, Milano 's Unique Catering wing is offering Thanksgiving appetizers, sides, breads and desserts, available for pickup on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 20 and 21.
Hastings High Adds New Science Wing and Wind Turbine.
To talk more about this day of drinking, golf and wings.
Ricky Persaud, a Grade 8 student at Highbury School, was dressed with both angel wings and a halo and had a poster of a penny .
The prolific Eyes, Wings And Many Other Things take flight.
Pizza and wing deals.
About Il Primo Pizza and Wings.
When Esmée, a 21-year-old Dutch singer, became popular on YouTube in 2006, Timbo took her under his wing and she never looked back.
Sliders and wings are no longer the only food options at The Blaguard.
The Detroit Red Wings and captain Nicklas Lidstrom have called a press conference for tomorrow at 11 am according to the Detroit Free Press.
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In science:

The spectrum shows convincing red and blue wings and the outflow is confirmed by the map.
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
The blueshifted wing of HRF66 meets the criteria, HRF54 only shows weak wings, but the spectrum for HRF56 clearly shows red and blue wings, also apparent in the maps (Fig. A.1), so this source has all the characteristics of an outflow driving source.
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
To fit and estimate the UV continuum (dashed line) we used the archival STIS observations that allows a broad wavelength coverage to include the absorption wings.
On The Origin of Lyman-alpha Absorption in Nearby Starbursts and Implications for Other Galaxies
The Hinode Narrowband Filter Imager (NFI; Tsuneta et al. 2008) acquired Stokes I and V filtergrams in the wings of the chromospheric Mg I b 517.3 nm line, ±11.5 pm away from its center.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
The Stokes I and V filtergrams acquired in the red and blue wings of the Mg I b line give information about the upper photosphere/temperature minimum region (Lites et al. 1988).
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
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