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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wing
Senses
  1. 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."As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings." [Deut. xxxii. 11.]
  2. Any similar member or instrument used for the purpose of flying.Specifically:[Zoöl]
    1. 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.
    2. One of the large pectoral fins of the flying fishes.
  3. Passage by flying; flight; as, to take wing ."Light thickens; and the crow Makes wing to the rooky wood." [Shak.]
  4. Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion."Fiery expedition be my wing." [Shak.]
  5. 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.
  6. An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
  7. Any appendage resembling the wing of a bird or insect in shape or appearance.
    1. [Zoöl]
      One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
    2. [Bot]
      Any membranaceous expansion, as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
    3. [Bot]
      Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
  8. One of two corresponding appendages attached; a sidepiece.
    1. [Arch]
      A side building, less than the main edifice; as, one of the wings of a palace.
    2. [Fort]
      The longer side of crownworks, etc., connecting them with the main work.
    3. [Hort]
      A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
      (Obs)
    4. [Mil]
      The right or left division of an army, regiment, etc.
    5. [Naut]
      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.
      Totten.
    6. One of the sides of the stags in a theater.
  9. [Aeronautics] Any surface used primarily for supporting a flying machine in flight, especially the flat or slightly curved planes on a heavier-than-air aircraft which provide most of the lift. In fixed-wing aircraft there are usually two main wings fixed on opposite sides of the fuselage. Smaller wings are typically placed near the tail primarily for stabilization, but may be absent in certain kinds of aircraft. Helicopters usually have no fixed wings, the lift being supplied by the rotating blade.
  10. One of two factions within an organization, as a political party, which are opposed to each other; as, right wing or left wing.
  11. An administrative division of the air force or of a naval air group, consisting of a certain number of airplanes and the personnel associated with them.

Note: ☞ In the wing of a bird the long quill feathers are in series. The primaries are those attached to the ulnar side of the hand; the secondaries, or wing coverts, those of the forearm: the scapulars, those that lie over the humerus; and the bastard feathers, those of the short outer digit. See Illust. of Bird, and Plumage.

Etymology: OE. winge wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. vængr

verb Wing
Senses
  1. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly, or to move with celerity."Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms." [Pope.]"Living, to wing with mirth the weary hours." [Longfellow.]
  2. To supply with wings or sidepieces."The main battle, whose puissance on either side Shall be well winged with our chiefest horse." [Shak.]
  3. To transport by flight; to cause to fly."I, an old turtle, Will wing me to some withered bough." [Shak.]
  4. To move through in flight; to fly through."There's not an arrow wings the sky But fancy turns its point to him." [Moore.]
  5. To cut off the wings of or to wound in the wing; to disable a wing of; as, to wing a bird; also, (fig) to wound the arm of a person.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
  2. An addition that extends a main building
  3. A barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud ("in Britain they call a fender a wing")
  4. One of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane
  5. A stage area out of sight of the audience
  6. The wing of a fowl ("he preferred the drumsticks to the wings")
  7. A unit of military aircraft
  8. The side of military or naval formation
  9. A group within a political party or legislature or other organization that holds distinct views or has a particular function ("they are the progressive wing of the Republican Party")
  10. (in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft
  11. A hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
  12. Travel through the air; be airborne
Wiktionary

From Middle English winge, wenge, from Old Norse vængr (“wing”), from Proto-Germanic *wēinga, *wēingan-. Cognate with Danish vinge (“wing”), Swedish vinge (“wing”), Icelandic vængur (“wing”).

  1. An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly; a similar fin at the side of a ray or similar fish
  2. (slang) Human arm.
  3. Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  4. One of the large pectoral fins of a flying fish.
  5. One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
  6. (botany) Any membranaceous expansion, such as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
  7. (botany) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
  8. A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
  9. Passage by flying; flight.
    to take
  10. Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
  11. A part of something that is lesser in size than the main body, such as an extension from the main building.
    the west of the hospital
    the of a corkscrew
  12. Anything that agitates the air as a wing does, or is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, such as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
  13. An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
  14. A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  15. An organizational grouping in a military aviation service:
    1. (Britain) A unit of command consisting of two or more squadrons and itself being a sub-unit of a group or station.
    2. (US) A larger formation of two or more groups, which in turn control two or more squadrons.
  16. (Britain) A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  17. (nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  18. (nautical) 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.
  19. (sports) A position in several field games on either side of the field.
  20. (sports) A player occupying such a position, also called a winger
  21. (botany) A flattened extension of a tridimensional plant organ.
  22. (typography, informal, rare) A háček.
  23. (theater) One of the unseen areas on the side of the stage in a theatre.
  24. (in the plural) The insignia of a qualified pilot or aircrew member.

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Popularity of Wing as a last name

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Common last names for Wing

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Yee
  • Chan
  • Chin
  • Fong
  • Gee
  • Louie
  • Leung
  • Lau
  • Tom
  • Moy
  • Lew
  • Hom
  • Leong
  • Young
  • Kwan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wing U.S.
  White 82.15% 64.26%
  African American 3.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wing

People with the last name Wing are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wing

  • How Popular is the name Wing? Wing is the 27,676th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wing was the 2,858th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wing have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 188 babies born with the first name Wing in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wing to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wing? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wing first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wing is Friday, November 7th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Wing born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wing was in 1984 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Random Wing Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wing is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Wing: Your name in reverse order is Gniw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Niwg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wing? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,614 people with the last name Wing.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wing? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Wing as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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