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

  • n. The distance between the tips of the wings, as of a bird or insect, when fully extended.

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  • n. The distance between the extreme tips of the wings of a bird, insect or aircraft.

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  • n. linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil
  • n. distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended


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  • Whether their kind possesses the wingspread of a Lucifer or a moth is a question better left to theologians.

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  • Pteranodons were flying reptiles (pterosaurs) that were about 6 feet (1.8 m) long, had a 25-33 foot (7. 8-10 m) wingspread, and weighed about 35 pounds; its standing height was about 6 feet (1.8 m).

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  • Even the smallest bird kicked up quite a bit of water when bathing; when a gryphon (twice the size of a war-horse, with a wingspread wide enough to shelter a small house) decided to take a bath, it tended to drench anyone within five or six furlongs.

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  • Among the zoological delights that awaited them according to him were the dagger-tooth: a 120 kilo, furred predator of the mountains; the greater snowbird with a three-meter wingspread and talons that could carry off a full-grown Klingon; plus a host of uncatalogued amphibians that made the marshes acutely inhospitable.

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  • Zoey pointed upward to their right to a large, light-colored bird whose wide wingspread showed off dark patches on the wings and tale.

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  • The only eagles that had ever carried off lambs were Kaled'a'in-bred bondbirds, who had the required wingspread and muscle mass, and carried them off at the behest of their bondmates.

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  • And so it did not upset him at all when a handsome reddish-brown horse with the wingspread of a DC-3 came soaring through the air, circled above the car a couple of times, and made a neat landing on the highway alongside him.

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  • A great black shape with a wingspread so wide it could not be measured except that it seemed to fill the entire sky.


  • This is because the size, weight and shape of his body in relation to the total wingspread make flying impossible.

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  • Within seconds an Air Force C-141 Starlifter came into view, its behemoth body and extensive wingspread a portrait of camouflage-painted beauty.



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