American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The liberal or radical faction of a group.
- n. See left1.
- n. politics the more left-wing faction of a group or party
- n. sports the left-hand side of a sports field
- n. ice hockey the offensive player who plays to the center's left
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Those trying to reform the established order, particularly in political matters, to enhance the condition of the common people; -- sometimes applied to those advocating overthrow of an existing government by radical means.
- n. those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
“To this stream, the natural line of defence of the city on the north and east, numerous roads diverged from the capital, including the York River Railroad, of which the Federal commander made such excellent use; and General McClellan had thrown his left wing across the stream, advancing to a point on the railroad four or five miles from the city.”
“From the beginning of democracy in South Africa, Nelson Mandela persuaded the left wing of his ruling coalition—the Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU, Communists, and leftists within the African National Congress—that conservative fiscal and monetary policies were needed to attract foreign investment and to create stability and prosperity.”
“Here, as we have already said, the Federal line of battle formed an angle, with the left wing of Sickles's corps bending backward so as to cover the opening between his line and the main crest in his rear.”
“The Ripley house dates back to the times of Captain Daniel Hathorne, or even before him, and at Concord Fight the British left wing must have extended close to it.”
“Guderian noted in his war diary: "The XXXXI Corps, which was moving up on the left of XIX Corps, had to repel attacks against its left wing from the Argonne by the French 3rd Mechanized and 3rd Armored Divisions before resuming its move toward the south.”
“Assembly areas spotted for a night attack on the sector held by the Feldherrnhalle Division and the left wing of the 14th Infantry Division.”
“As for Mr. Blanc, I am without an opinion; as you have pointed out, he could unquestionably have left his room, made an exit at the end of the left wing corridor, circled the building, entered by the dining room terrace, achieved his purpose, and returned the way he had come.”
“Homosexuality in its exclusionist form is the radical left wing of the anti-natalist movement.”
“It was impact damage to a carbon panel on the left wing that would doomColumbia and her crew on February 1, 2003.”
“They faced Marshal Zhukov's 1st Ukrainian Front (General Vatutin, the front's previous commander, had been shot by Ukrainian guerrillas), which had broken through on the left wing of Army Group South.”
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