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- 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.
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).
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.
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.
Zoey pointed upward to their right to a large, light-colored bird whose wide wingspread showed off dark patches on the wings and tale.
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.
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.
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.
Within seconds an Air Force C-141 Starlifter came into view, its behemoth body and extensive wingspread a portrait of camouflage-painted beauty.