wing ( wings plural )
1 n-count The wings of a bird or insect are the two parts of its body that it uses for flying.
The bird flapped its wings furiously...
-winged comb in adj
2 n-count The wings of an aeroplane are the long flat parts sticking out of its side which support it while it is flying.
-winged comb in adj
...a wide-winged plane.
3 n-count A wing of a building is a part of it which sticks out from the main part.
usu with supp
We were given an office in the empty west wing.
4 n-count A wing of an organization, especially a political organization, is a group within it which has a particular function or particular beliefs.
with supp, usu supp N
...the military wing of the African National Congress.
5 n-plural In a theatre, the wings are the sides of the stage which are hidden from the audience by curtains or scenery.
Most nights I watched the start of the play from the wings.
6 n-count In a game such as football or hockey, theleft wing and theright wing are the areas on the far left and the far right of the pitch. You can also refer to the players who play in these positions as theleft wing and theright wing.
usu supp N
7 n-count A wing of a car is a part of it on the outside which is over one of the wheels.
in AM, use fender
8 verb If you say that something or someone wings their way somewhere or wings somewhere, you mean that they go there quickly, especially by plane.
A few moments later they were airborne and winging their way south... V way adv/prep
A cash bonanza will be winging its way to the 600,000 members of the scheme... V way adv/prep
The first of the airliners winged westwards and home. V adv/prep
9 If you say that someone is waiting in the wings, you mean that they are ready and waiting for an opportunity to take action.
in the wings phrase usu v PHR
There are now more than 20 big companies waiting in the wings to take over some of its business.
10 If you spread your wings, you do something new and rather difficult or move to a new place, because you feel more confident in your abilities than you used to and you want to gain wider experience.
spread one's wings phrase V inflects
I led a very confined life in my village so I suppose that I wanted to spread my wings.
11 If you take someone under your wing, you look after them, help them, and protect them.
take sb under one's wing phrase V inflects Her boss took her under his wing after fully realising her potential.
left-wing , left wing
1 adj Left-wing people have political ideas that are based on socialism., (Antonym: right-wing)
They said they would not be voting for him because he was too left-wing.
2 n-sing Theleft wing of a group of people, especially a political party, consists of the members of it whose beliefs are closer to socialism than are those of its other members.
usu the N
The left-wing of the party is confident that the motion will be carried.
The spelling right wing is also used for meaning 2.
1 adj A right-wing person or group has conservative or capitalist views.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: left-wing)
...a right-wing government...
2 n-sing The right wing of a political party consists of the members who have the most conservative or the most capitalist views.
the N (Antonym: left-wing)
...the right wing of the Conservative Party...
wing back ( wing backs plural ) , wing-back In football, a wing back is a defender who also takes part in attacking play. n-count
wing commander ( wing commanders plural ) A wing commander is a senior officer in the British air force. n-count; n-title
...Wing Commander Christopher Moran.
wing mirror ( wing mirrors plural ) The wing mirrors on a car are the mirrors on each side of the car on the outside. n-count