Wing vs. Feather

Wing vs. Feather — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Wing and Feather

Wingnoun

One of a pair of movable appendages used for flying, as the feather-covered modified forelimb of a bird or the skin-covered modified forelimb of a bat or pterosaur.

Feathernoun

One of the light, flat structures growing from the skin of birds, consisting of numerous slender, closely arranged parallel barbs forming a vane on either side of a horny, tapering, partly hollow shaft.

Wingnoun

One of the one or two pairs of membranous structures used for flying that extend from the thorax of an insect.

Feathernoun

A feathery tuft or fringe of hair, as on the legs or tail of some dogs.

Wingnoun

A structure or part used by an animal for gliding through the air, as the folds of skin of a flying squirrel or the enlarged pectoral fins of a flying fish.

Feathernoun

Character, kind, or nature

Birds of a feather flock together.
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Wingnoun

wings An outspread pair of stylized bird's wings worn as insignia by qualified pilots or air crew members.

Feathernoun

A strip, wedge, or flange used as a strengthening part.

Wingnoun

An airfoil whose principal function is providing lift, especially either of two such airfoils symmetrically positioned on each side of the fuselage of an aircraft.

Feathernoun

A wedge or key that fits into a groove to make a joint.

Wingnoun

A thin or membranous extension, as of the fruit of a maple or ash, the seed of a pine, or the branches of a winged elm.

Feathernoun

The vane of an arrow.

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Wingnoun

One of the lateral petals of the flower of certain plants in the pea family, such as the sweet pea.

Feathernoun

A feather-shaped flaw, as in a precious stone.

Wingnoun

The vane of a weathervane.

Feathernoun

The wake made by a submarine's periscope.

Wingnoun

The sail of a ship.

Feathernoun

The act of feathering the blade of an oar in rowing.

Wingnoun

A folding section, as of a double door or of a movable partition.

Featherverb

To cover, dress, or decorate with feathers or featherlike projections.

Wingnoun

Either of the two side projections on the back of a wing chair.

Featherverb

To fit (an arrow) with a feather.

Wingnoun

A flat of theatrical scenery projecting onto the stage from the side.

Featherverb

To thin, reduce, or fringe the edge of (wood, for example) by cutting, shaving, or making thinner.

Wingnoun

Chiefly British The fender of a motor vehicle.

Featherverb

To spread (paint, for example) thinly at the edges so as to blend with the surrounding area.

Wingnoun

A structure that forms an extended part of or is attached to a main structure

the east wing of the school.the children's wing of the hospital.

Featherverb

To shorten and taper (hair) by cutting and thinning.

Wingnoun

Either of the unseen backstage areas on the sides of the stage of a proscenium theater.

Featherverb

To blur or soften the edge of (an image).

Wingnoun

The act or manner of flying.

Featherverb

To apply (a brake, throttle, or other control) gently or slightly and steadily.

Wingnoun

A means of flight or rapid movement

Fear lent wings to his feet.

Featherverb

To turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal as it is carried back after each stroke.

Wingnoun

A group affiliated with or subordinate to an older or larger organization.

Featherverb

To alter the pitch of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are parallel with the line of flight.

Wingnoun

Either of two groups with opposing views within a larger group; a faction.

Featherverb

To alter the pitch of (the rotor of a helicopter) while in forward flight.

Wingnoun

A section of a party, legislature, or community holding distinct, especially dissenting, political views

the conservative wing.

Featherverb

To turn off (an aircraft engine) while in flight.

Wingnoun

Either the left or right flank of an army or a naval fleet.

Featherverb

To grow feathers or become feathered.

Wingnoun

An air force unit larger than a group but smaller than a numbered air force or, formerly, than a division.

Featherverb

To move, spread, or grow in a manner suggestive of feathers

“Steam feathered out from under the bathroom door” (Melinda Hayes).

Wingnoun

Either of the forward positions near the sides of the playing area, especially in hockey.

Featherverb

To become thin or less dense at the edges

“That lipstick had feathered out in the corners of her mouth” (Erin McCarthy).

Wingnoun

A player who plays this position.

Featherverb

To feather an oar.

Wingverb

To move swiftly through the air or on wings

birds winging south for the winter.

Featherverb

To feather a propeller.

Wingverb

To pass over or through with wings

birds winging the air.

Feathernoun

A branching, hair-like structure that grows on the bodies of birds, used for flight, swimming, protection and display.

Wingverb

To make (one's way) through the air or on wings

birds winging their way north.

Feathernoun

Long hair on the lower legs of a dog or horse, especially a draft horse, notably the Clydesdale breed. Narrowly only the rear hair.

Wingverb

To carry or transport by flying

The plane winged the troops back home.

Feathernoun

One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.

Wingverb

To furnish with wings

a mythological horse that is winged.

Feathernoun

A longitudinal strip projecting from an object to strengthen it, or to enter a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sideways but permit motion lengthwise; a spline.

Wingverb

To feather (an arrow).

Feathernoun

Kind; nature; species (from the proverbial phrase "birds of a feather").

Wingverb

To throw or propel (a ball, for example) through the air.

Feathernoun

One of the two shims of the three-piece stone-splitting tool known as plug and feather or plug and feathers; the feathers are placed in a borehole and then a wedge is driven between them, causing the stone to split.

Wingverb

To strike or wound in a wing or an appendage

winged me with a snowball.

Feathernoun

The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.

Wingverb

To furnish with side or subordinate extensions, as a building or an altarpiece.

Featherverb

To cover or furnish with feathers.

Wingverb

To say or do (something) without preparation or forethought; improvise

decided to wing his remarks to reporters.

Featherverb

To arrange in the manner or appearance of feathers.

The stylist feathered my hair.

Wingnoun

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

Featherverb

To rotate the oars while they are out of the water to reduce wind resistance.

Wingnoun

(slang) Human arm.

Featherverb

(aeronautics) To streamline the blades of an aircraft's propeller by rotating them perpendicular to the axis of the propeller when the engine is shut down so that the propeller does not windmill during flight.

After striking the bird, the pilot feathered the left, damaged engine's propeller.

Wingnoun

(aviation) Part of an aircraft that produces the lift for rising into the air.

Featherverb

To finely shave or bevel an edge.

Wingnoun

One of the large pectoral fins of a flying fish.

Featherverb

(computer graphics) To intergrade or blend the pixels of an image with those of a background or neighboring image.

Wingnoun

One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.

Featherverb

To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.

Wingnoun

(botany) Any membranaceous expansion, such as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.

Featherverb

To render light as a feather; to give wings to.

Wingnoun

(botany) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.

Featherverb

To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.

Wingnoun

A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.

Featherverb

To tread, as a cock.

Wingnoun

Passage by flying; flight.

to take wing

Featherverb

(snooker) To accidentally touch the cue ball with the tip of the cue when taking aim

Wingnoun

Motive or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.

Feathernoun

the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

Wingnoun

A part of something that is lesser in size than the main body, such as an extension from the main building.

the west wing of the hospitalthe wings of a corkscrew

Feathernoun

turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls

Wingnoun

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.

Featherverb

join tongue and groove, in carpentry

Wingnoun

An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.

Featherverb

cover or fit with feathers

Wingnoun

A cosmetic effect where eyeliner curves outward and ends at a point.

Featherverb

turn the paddle; in canoeing

Wingnoun

A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.

Featherverb

turn the oar, while rowing

Wingnoun

An organizational grouping in a military aviation service:

Featherverb

grow feathers;

The young sparrows are fledging already

Wingnoun

(British) A unit of command consisting of two or more squadrons and itself being a sub-unit of a group or station.

Wingnoun

(US) A larger formation of two or more groups, which in turn control two or more squadrons.

Wingnoun

(British) A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.

Wingnoun

(nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.

Wingnoun

(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.

Wingnoun

(sports) A position in several field games on either side of the field.

Wingnoun

(sports) A player occupying such a position, also called a winger

Wingnoun

A háček.

Wingnoun

(theater) One of the unseen areas on the side of the stage in a theatre.

Wingnoun

(in the plural) The insignia of a qualified pilot or aircrew member.

Wingnoun

A portable shelter consisting of a fabric roof on a frame, like a tent without sides.

Wingnoun

On the Enneagram, one of the two adjacent types to an enneatype that forms an individual's subtype of his or her enneatype

Tom's a 4 on the Enneagram, with a 3 wing.

Wingverb

(transitive) To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the wing or arm.

Wingverb

(intransitive) To fly.

Wingverb

To add a wing (extra part) to.

Wingverb

(transitive) To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise; to wing it.

Wingverb

(transitive) To throw.

Wingverb

(transitive) To furnish with wings.

Wingverb

(transitive) To transport with, or as if with, wings; to bear in flight, or speedily.

Wingverb

(transitive) To traverse by flying.

Wingnoun

a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)

Wingnoun

one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

Wingnoun

a stage area out of sight of the audience

Wingnoun

a unit of military aircraft

Wingnoun

the side of military or naval formation;

they attacked the enemy's right flank

Wingnoun

a hockey player stationed in a forward positin on either side

Wingnoun

the wing of a fowl;

he preferred the drumsticks to the wings

Wingnoun

a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud;

in England they call a fender a wing

Wingnoun

an addition that extends a main building

Wingverb

travel through the air; be airborne;

Man cannot fly