Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no wings or only rudimentary wings.

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  • adj. Having no, or only rudimentary, wings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no wings; not able to ascend or fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no wings; hence, unable to fly; technically, in zoology, apterous; not alate; not winged, in any sense.
  • In ornithology, specifically, having rudimentary wings, unfit for flight.; impennate or squami-pennate, as any ratite bird or penguin: as, the wingless kiwis (Apterygidæ).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking wings

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Examples

  • Insects may thus become secondarily wingless, that is to say be manifestly the offspring of winged parents, and such wingless forms may on the other hand give rise to offspring or descendants with well-developed wings.

    The Life-Story of Insects

  • In England we have two species of insects that are called by this name, which properly belongs only to a kind of wingless beetle, found along the hedgerows and moist banks during the summer.

    Chatterbox, 1906

  • The Frankfurt Motor Show, probably one of the biggest ones in the world, is occurring right now as we speak, and the word from the The Aptera (Greek for "wingless") is an environmentally-friendly car that's as clean and green as it is fantastically futuristic.

    INHABITAT

  • Aptera (Greek for "wingless") is an environmentally-friendly car that's as clean and green as it is fantastically futuristic.

    INHABITAT

  • The Aptera (Greek for "wingless") is an environmentally-friendly car that's as clean and green as it is fantastically futuristic.

    INHABITAT

  • That is why I want Orion to be the wingless capsule/true human exploration enabling craft that it is.

    Trying To Spin The Facts - NASA Watch

  • The idea involved a cargo module, a wingless, crewless version of the shuttle, powered by the shuttle's liquid-fueled engines and clamped to the giant fuel tank and solid rocket boosters used by the shuttle.

    The 1990 Augustine Commission Revisited - NASA Watch

  • Love changes darkness into light and makes the heart take wingless flight

    Plentyoffish Serious Member Profile Upgrade… « The Paradigm Shift

  • Pigs don't have wings, but that's not because winged pigs once lost out to wingless ones.

    About 'What Darwin Got Wrong'

  • Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini: Pigs don't have wings, but that's not because winged pigs once lost out to wingless ones.

    About 'What Darwin Got Wrong'

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