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up- +‎ wing


upwing (not comparable)

  1. (fishing, of a fly) Holding the forewings together above the body.
    • 1921, Louis Rhead, How to Fish the Dry Fly:
      Should you find no drakes or upwing insects floating on the surface and that a greater number of duns or lapwing insects are on the wing, you can fish dry with a dun fly like the natural insect you see, or fish the duns wet with two or more flies, till later on when you see drakes floating, then fish with dry fly imitations.
    • 1993, Gary LaFontaine, Trout Flies: Proven Patterns, page 180:
      The four of us — Tom Poole, Clint Lere, Peter and I — would try various upwing dry flies, including the Flame Thrower, and count and measure all of the trout caught throughout the evening.
    • 1993, Dick Stewart, Farrow Allen, Flies for Trout, →ISBN, page 49:
      Size and color may be changed to replicate any hatch, and the wing position simulates both upwing and downwing spinners.
  2. (aviation) Toward the side of the plane where the wing is higher than the plane.
    • 1952 -, The Canadian Air Line Pilot - Volumes 8-10, page 39:
      This method involves the use of a radar transponder sited (at any rate for the purpose of this illustration) at a known distance upwing from the landing threshold — say 4,000 yards — and complementary airborne equipment capable of measuring to an accuracy of 1/10 n. ml.
    • 1979, Richard A. Wolters, The world of silent flight, page 68:
      The extra drag on the upwing side causes the nose of the plane to yaw toward the upwing direction.
    • 1990, Tom Willard, Bold Forager, →ISBN, page 36:
      Feeling the sensation of banking as the airplane turned onto its upwing approach to landing, he reached between his feet and hoisted a briefcase onto his lap
  3. In a position with the wing raised.
    • 1967, Warren E. Finn, The Structure and Function of the Wing Gland in Achroia Grisella (Fabricius), page 19:
      ...of responses to sex attractants on other species of moths, antennal vibrations, wing fanning, the whirling dance, and induction of upwing movement seem to represent a general behavioral pattern with some species-specific variation.
    • 1988 -, Ray Ovington, How to draw and paint fish and game, →ISBN, page 62:
      Try an upwing position somewhat similar in angle to the one illustrated here. Point the bird's head further up or further down.


upwing (third-person singular simple present upwings, present participle upwinging, simple past and past participle upwinged)

  1. To fly upward, on or as if on wings.
    • 1804, John Gregory, Parental Legacies:
      A chapter then was read, in solemn guise And prayer upwing'd its incense to the skies ;
    • 1883, Franklin Evert Denton, The Early Poetical Works of Franklin E. Denton, page 119:
      And lo, they all upwing from their dim tombs, Not in the forms apparelled they were when The crimson brooklets of our early blood Did sparkle, leap and purl, in unison With the felicity of their sweet life,


upwing (plural upwings)

  1. An upsurge.
    • 1980, Extension Review, page 28:
      The situation has helped trigger an upwing of crime in the area.
    • 1986, Tokyo Business Today, page 64:
      As such industrial fields remain largely mum, the air is now filled with the plaintive voices of the industries suffering from the drastic upwing of the yen.
    • 2000, Poonam Mann, India's foreign policy in the post cold war era, page 95:
      This agreement was signed shortly after India and Bangladesh signed the Ganga Waters Treaty and gave a major upwing to the relations between the two countries.
    • 2003, The Value Line Investment Survey:
      By 2004, we think evidence of an upwing in Industrial America will be more pronounced.