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Wing, subst. 1) the limb by which an animal or imaginary being flies: Ven. 57. Ven. 57 Lucr. 507. Lucr. 507 Lucr. 507 Tp. IV, 78. Gent. II, 6, 42. Ado II, 1, 155. Mids. I, 1, 237. II, 2, 4. III, 1, 175. III, 2, 365. Merch. I, 1, 14 (woven --s, == sails). Wint. IV, 1, 4. H4A V, 1, 64. H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. IV, 1, 177. H6A I, 1, 11. H6A I, 1, 11 H6B II, 4, 54. IV, 1, 5. H6C I, 1, 47. II, 2, 29. V, 6, 14. V, 6, 14 V, 6, 14 R3 IV, 4, 13. V, 2, 23. Troil. III, 2, 15. III, 3, 79. IV, 2, 14. V, 8, 17. Cor. V, 4, 14. Tit. III, 2, 61. IV, 4, 85. Rom. I, 4, 17. Rom. I, 4, 17 II, 2, 5, II, 2, 5 III, 2, 18. Tim. II, 1, 30. Mcb. IV, 1, 17. Ant. V, 2, 157. Cymb. III, 2, 50. III, 5, 161. V, 4, 118. V, 5, 471 (on w.). Used to protect the young: H6A V, 3, 57. H6B I, 3, 41. cf. H8 V, 1, 163 and Hml. III, 4, 103.
Metaphorical use: “on the w. of all occasions,” Wiv. II, 2, 209. “the tailor that made the --s she flew withal,” Merch. III, 1, 30. “health with youthful --s is flown,” H4B IV, 5, 229. “when I had seen this hot love on the w.” Hml. II, 2, 132.
Emblem of swiftness: Gent. II, 7, 11. LLL V, 2, 260. All's I, 1, 218. II, 1, 96. III, 2, 76. H5 I, 2, 307. H6C II, 3, 12. H8 I, 4, 9. Troil. II, 2, 44. Mcb. I, 4, 17. Hml. I, 5, 29.
Emblem of any thing that carries the mind upwards or along: “borne by the trustless --s of false desire,” Lucr. 2. “added feathers to the learned's w.” Sonn. 78, 7. “with what --s shall his affections fly,” H4B IV, 4, 65. “knowledge the w. wherewith we fly to heaven,” H6B IV, 7, 79. R2 II, 1, 292. R3 IV, 3, 54. V, 3, 106. Troil. II, 2, 133. Rom. II, 2, 66. Caes. I, 1, 77. Ant. III, 12, 4. Cymb. I, 6, 186.*
Pars pro toto, w. == bird: “to whose sound chaste --s obey,” Phoen. 4. every fowl of tyrant w. == of a cruel species or nature, Phoen. 4
2) flight; the act or manner of flying: “with what w. the staniel checks at it,” Tw. II, 5, 124. “hold a w. quite from the flight of all thy ancestors,” H4A III, 2, 30. “when they stoop, they stoop with the like w.” H5 IV, 1, 112. “the crow makes w. to the rooky wood,” Mcb. III, 2, 51.
3) one of the two side-bodies of an army: All's III, 6, 52. H6A IV, 2, 43. Caes. V, 2, 4. Cymb. V, 3, 5. The first and third significations combined: “shadowing their right under your --s of war,” John II, 14.
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