wing-n; 10 Senses

Sense Number 1: anatomical appendage of an organism used for flying

Commentary: WING[+organism][+appendage][+flight][+bird/+insect] Includes idiom: on_the_wing Includes idiom: under_one's_wing

The pelican flapped his wings as he circled the water.
The wing span of an eagle can exceed five feet.
The child noticed that one of the fly's wings was missing.
We ordered a plate of buffalo wings at the cafe. (chicken wings in hot sauce)
Put foil over the tips of the wings so they won't burn during roasting.
The hen kept the chicks under her wing.
She has kept her protege under her wing for too long. (figurative, protective)
The geese are on the wing, heading south for winter.
Their sales force is on the wing as we speak. (in motion, on the move)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: under_one's_wing

Sense Number 2: the airfoils of an aircraft that provide lift

Commentary: WING[+aircraft][+airfoil]

The pilot checked under the wings of his aircraft as part of his pre-flight walk around.
This is a swept wing fighter.
Sally didn't see much during her flight because her seat was right next to the wing.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: sides of a stage not viewed by the audience

Commentary: WING[+stage][+side][-viewable] Includes the idiom: in_the_wings

The actress will enter the stage from the left wing of the stage.
The dancers were waiting in the wing, listening for their cue.
John told his old girlfriend he is still waiting in the wings for her. (figurative, standing by)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: outlying sets of rooms in a large building

Commentary: WING[+building][+addition][+outlying]

The left wing of the castle was bombed during the war.
Visitors are allowed everywhere in the old mansion except for two rooms in the east wing.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 5: flanks of a military formation

Commentary: WING[+formation][+military][+flank]
NOTE: implies a specific physical configuration of military personnel and equipment.
NOTE: focus is on the shape of the position of the military units, not the units themselves.

A tank column cut off the enemy's left wing from the main army.
The general ordered the two wings of his army to circle the enemy in a pincer.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: a political or ideological faction

Commentary: WING[+faction][+ideological][+political/+religious]
NOTE: implies an abstract social unity based on philosophical belief and allegiance.

Bob is too left wing for Betty.
It tends to be a fairly right wing publication.
They are considered to be the most radical wing of that religious movement.
He was a member of a violent wing of his country's separatist movement.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 9a

Sense Number 7: a fighting unit of military aircraft

Commentary: WING[+unit][+military][+aircraft][+manned]
NOTE: refers specifically to a formal unit in an air force, not other branches of the military.
NOTE: implies every member of the unit flies an aircraft, they are not in administrative roles.

He was promoted to wing commander on an aircraft carrier.
They lost three officers in their wing during the air battle.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 8: an insignia, a certificate of flying

Commentary: WING[+insignia][+certificate][+flying]
NOTE: always in the plural

The young naval officers got their wings today after completing a rigorous training program.
She admired the gold wings pinned to his naval uniform.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2a

Sense Number 9: an offense position for a sports player, e.g, hockey

Commentary: WING[+role][+sport][+player][+offense]

That hockey player is the best wing their team has ever had.
He played wing for several years before his injury.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 10: a splash barrier over wheels on a vehicle

Commentary: WING[+vehicle][+barrier][+wheel]

The wings on the back wheels of my car don't work so well.
The wings will keep mud and gravel off the wheels of the truck.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10