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Definitions of feather

  1. join tongue and groove, in carpentry Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. grow feathers, of birds; "A fledgling sparrow fell out of its nest" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. turn the oar, while rowing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. turn the paddle; in canoeing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. cover or fit with feathers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A longitudinal strip projecting as a fin from an object, to strengthen it, or to enter a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sidwise but permit motion lengthwise; a spline. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a cap. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To render light as a feather; to give wings to. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To enrich; to exalt; to benefit. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To tread, as a cock. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be or to appear in feathery form. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Kind; nature; species; - from the proverbial phrase, Birds of a feather, that is, of the same species. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; - often with out; as, the birds are feathering out. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or feathers; as, the cream feathers Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To turn to a horizontal plane; - said of oars. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Part of the outer covering of a bird; a plume; something like a feather, as, in mechanism a wedge. fin. or flange. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. To ornament with feathers; cover with, or as with, feathers; turn the blade of (an oar) horizontally when leaving the water. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To become covered with feathers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. One of the growths which form the covering of a bird; a feather-like ornament. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. To furnish or adorn with feathers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. One of those growths which form the covering of birds; anything like a feather. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. To cover with feathers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. To cover or be covered with feathers. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To turn the blade of (an oar) nearly horizontal in recovering. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. One of the fluffy growths that form the plumage of a bird. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. In rowing, the act of feathering. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Feathered. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  38. One of the plumes which ferm the covering of a bird; species; an ornament; an empty title. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. To dress in feathers; to cover with feathers or such like; to adern. A feather in the cap, an honour achieved. To be in full feather, to be up to the mark. To be in high feather, to appear in high spirits or elated. To show the white feather, to give indications of cowardice, as a white feather in the tail of a cock was supposed to imply. Feathers, any narrow slips of timber to strengthen partitioning, framework, &c. To feather one's nest, to collect wealth, particularly from emoluments derived from agencies. To feather the oar, to turn the edge of an ear horizontally when raising it from the water. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. Part of the natural covering of a bird; a plume; the whole feathers of a bird are called its plumage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. To dress or adorn with feathers. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. Kind; nature; species; -- from the proverbial phrase, "Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; -- often with out; as, the birds are feathering out. mso.anu.edu.au
  44. To turn to a horizontal plane; -- said of oars. mso.anu.edu.au
  45. feth'[.e]r, n. one of the growths which form the covering of a bird: a feather-like ornament: the feathered end of an arrow: nature, kind, as in 'birds of a feather:' birds collectively: anything light or trifling.--v.t. to furnish or adorn with feathers.--ns. FEATH'ER-BED, a mattress filled with feathers; FEATH'ER-BOARD'ING (same as WEATHER-BOARDING, q.v.).--p.adj. FEATH'ERED, covered or fitted with feathers, or anything feather-like: like the flight of a feathered animal, swift: smoothed as with feathers.--ns. FEATH'ER-EDGE, an edge of a board or plank thinner than the other edge; FEATH'ER-GRASS, a perennial grass, so called from the feathery appearance of its awns; FEATH'ER-HEAD, FEATH'ER-BRAIN, a frivolous person; FEATH'ERINESS; FEATH'ERING, plumage: the fitting of feathers to arrows: (archit.) an arrangement of small arcs or foils separated by projecting cusps, frequently forming the feather-like ornament on the inner mouldings of arches; FEATH'ER-STAR, a crinoid of feathery appearance and radiate structure; FEATH'ER-WEIGHT, the lightest weight that may be carried by a racing-horse: a boxer, wrestler, &c., of a class below the light-weights--hence one of small importance or ability.--adj. FEATH'ERY, pertaining to, resembling, or covered with feathers.--FEATHER AN OAR, to turn the blade of the oar horizontally as it comes out of the water, thus lessening the resistance of the air; FEATHER ONE'S NEST, to accumulate wealth for one's self while serving others in a position of trust.--A FEATHER IN ONE'S CAP, some striking mark of distinction; BE IN HIGH FEATHER, to be greatly elated or in high spirits; MAKE THE FEATHERS FLY, to throw into confusion by a sudden attack; SHOW THE WHITE FEATHER, to show signs of cowardice--a white feather in a gamecock's tail being considered as a sign of degeneracy. [A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  46. One of the appendages growing from bird\'s skin, consisting of quill, shaft, & two vanes of barbs (show the white f., betray cowardice-white f. in game-bird\'s tail being mark of bad breeding-; crop one\'s ff., humiliate him); (collect.) plumage (in high &c. f., in good spirits &c.; birds of a. f., people of one sort); feathered game (fur& f., game beasts& birds); piece (s) of f. attached to arrow; plume worn in hat &c. (a f. in one\'s cap, something one may be proud of); very light object (could have knocked me down with a f.); ridge of upright hair; f.-like flaw in gem; (Rowing) action of feathering (see foll.); f.-bed, mattress stuffed with ff.; f.-edge, (n.) fine edge of wedge-shaped board, (v.t.) bring (board) to this; f.-head (ed), -brain (ed), -pate (d), silly (person); f. -stitch, ornamental zigzag sewing; f.-weight, very light thing or person, esp. jockey not over 4 st. 7 lb., boxer 9 st. Hence (-) feathered, featherless, fearthery, aa., featheriness, featherlet, nn. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  47. Furnish, adorn, line, coat, with ff. (f. an arrow; f. one\'s nest, enrich one-self; TAR& f.); form f. -like covering or adornment for; float, move, or wave, like ff.; turn (oar), turn oar, so as to pass through the air edgeways; (Shoot.) knock ff. from (bird) without killing; (Hunt.; of hound) make quivering motion of body& tail while seeking scent. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  48. [Ger.] (Naut.) A vessel cuts a feather when she makes the water fly F. fashion from her bow. To F. an oar, in rowing, is to turn it horizontally when clear of the water. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  49. [Ger.] A ridge on an axle fitting a groove in the eye of a wheel, to ensure their turning together. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  50. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Greek, Latin] One of the growths, generally formed of a central quill and a vane on each side of it, which make up the covering of a bird; a plume; something resembling a feather;—an ornament; an empty title;—species; kind; nature. Cabinet Dictionary
  51. The plume of birds; an ornament, an empty title; upon a horse, a sort of natural frizzling hair. Complete Dictionary
  52. To dress in feathers; to fit with feathers; to tread as a cock; to enrich, to adorn; To feather one’s nest, to get riches together. Complete Dictionary

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