from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having large and strong or complete wings.
  • adj. Ready for flight; eager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having complete wings, or large, strong wings.
  • Ready for flight; eager.


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  • Second, he found that mountainous islands (such as the volcanic Madeira) tended to support shrunken-winged species, whereas lower islands (such as coral atolls and cays) tended to support full-winged species.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Third, he found that warm tropical islands supported more full-winged species than colder islands.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • His full-winged species presumably flew—regularly, sometimes, or at least on occasions of desperate necessity.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Or if insects attract us by their many varied interests, we are more enthusiastic over the glories of the full-winged image than the less conspicuous, though no less interesting, eggs and chrysalides hidden away in crevices throughout the long winter.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • A gull came strolling inland, and flapped full-winged to inspect.

    A History of Aeronautics

  • Board ship throws people together into appalling intimacy; Love springs full-winged into being in the course of an afternoon; passion burns at red-heat through drowsy, moon-filled nights.

    To Love

  • Engaging obscure lodgings close by the rue des Acacias, he slept till nearly noon of the following day, then rose to put into execution a design which had sprung full-winged from his brain at the instant of wakening.

    The Lone Wolf A Melodrama

  • Nevertheless it had grown sensibly darker ere they debouched upon the frozen flats that bordered the bay; and now the wind bore down upon them in full-winged fury, shrieking in their ears, searing their eyes, tearing greedily at the very breath of their nostrils, and searching out with impish ingenuity the more penetrable portions of their clothing.

    The Bronze Bell

  • Calendar pulled up suddenly in a full-winged flight of enthusiasm.

    The Black Bag

  • The news-story was exploited as a "beat"; it could have been little else, since nine-tenths of its "exclusive details" had been born full-winged from the fecund imagination of a busy reporter to whom Maitland had refused an interview while in his bath, some three hours earlier.

    The Brass Bowl


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