Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The maximum extent across the wings of an aircraft, bird, or other flying animal, measured from tip to tip.
- ‘The Andean condor, one of the world's largest flying birds, soars on ten-foot (three-meter) wingspans and can weigh up to 33 pounds.’
- ‘The air vehicle is a low wing monoplane with a wingspan of 3.42m, length 2.29m and height 0.96m.’
- ‘With a wingspan of three feet or more, flying foxes are the largest mammals capable of sustained flight.’
- ‘Experts on the red kite - a spectacular bird with a wingspan of up to 6ft - say it is essentially a scavenger which feeds on carrion rather than attacking sheep or game birds.’
- ‘With their stately stature, wingspreads as broad as eight feet, loud calls, and elaborate courtship dances, cranes are among the most impressive birds in the world.’
- ‘With a three-foot wingspan and two long, streaming tail feathers, these birds are easy to recognize.’
- ‘The American White Pelican is a huge white bird with a nine-foot wingspan.’
- ‘The adult is a pretty moth about 1 inch long with a wingspread of 1 1/2 inches; in its northern range, it may be only 1/2 inch long.’
- ‘Swans are large birds with a wingspan of four feet or more and although injuries to humans are rare they are not unknown.’
- ‘Great teratorn birds with 25-foot wingspans stalked prey.’
- ‘The surface area of the wings is tremendous and the wingspan large, but the relative length of the fuselage is shorter than most other aircraft of its era.’
- ‘The hydrogen-fueled aircraft has a wingspan of approximately 5 feet, measures 12 feet long and weighs about 2,800 pounds.’
- ‘With a 500-foot wingspan, the aircraft is designed to fly at just 20 feet above the sea, giving it a longer range - up to 10,000 nautical miles over water.’
- ‘Females weigh about 2 pounds with a wingspread of 40 to 46 inches, while a male will weigh in at about 1 ½ pounds and span just 37 to 39 inches, roughly the size of a crow.’
- ‘It was a supreme moment when a wandering albatross, the bird with the largest wingspan of any bird, arrived!’
- ‘A substantial part of the lift generated by the forward-swept wing occurs at the inner portion of the wingspan.’
- ‘To be surrounded by dozens of squawking, hissing sea birds with 10 ft wingspans was one thing, but add to that a pod of 600 acrobatic dusky dolphins and you had a wildlife spectacle to rival anything on earth.’
- ‘That would have been a huge wingspan for a bird, much less for a bat.’
- ‘They include the largest known bats; Indonesian flying foxes may have wingspans of up to six feet (two meters).’
- ‘The presence of a bird with a wingspan of around 1.5m must have been very distressing.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.