A branching, hair-like structure that grows on the bodies of birds, used for flight, swimming, protection and display.
* 1873 , W. K. Brooks, "A Feather", Popular Science Monthly , volume IV, page 687
* 1914 , , The Beasts of Tarzan , chapter V
- Notice, too, that the shaft is not straight, but bent so that the upper surface of the feather is convex, and the lower concave.
* 2000 , C. J. Puotinen, The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care? , page 362
- Big fellows they were, all of them, their barbaric headdresses and grotesquely painted faces, together with their many metal ornaments and gorgeously coloured feathers , adding to their wild, fierce appearance.
Long hair on the lower legs of a dog or horse, especially a draft horse, notably the Clydesdale breed. Narrowly only the rear hair.
One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
A longitudinal strip projecting from an object to strengthen it, or to enter a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sideways but permit motion lengthwise; a spline.
Kind; nature; species (from the proverbial phrase "birds of a feather").
- Nesting birds pluck some of their own feathers' to line the nest, but ' feather plucking in pet birds is entirely different.
One of the two shims of the three-piece stone-splitting tool known as (plug and feather) or plug and feathers; the feathers are placed in a borehole and then a wedge is driven between them, causing the stone to split.
- I am not of that feather to shake off / My friend when he must need me.
The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.
* (horse hair) feathers, feathering, horsefeathers
* (horse hair at rear of lower legs) spats
, birds of a feather
, contour feather
, feather duster
, feathering float
, feathering screw
, feathering strip
, feathering wheel
, feather in one's cap
, feather in one's hat
, feather pen
, feather wool
, fine feathers make fine birds
, flight feather
, light as a feather}}
To cover or furnish with feathers.
To arrange in the manner or appearance of feathers.
- An eagle had the ill hap to be struck with an arrow feathered from her own wing.
(ambitransitive, rowing) To rotate the oars while they are out of the water to reduce wind resistance.
(aeronautics) To streamline the blades of an aircraft's propeller by rotating them perpendicular to the axis of the propeller when the engine is shut down so that the propeller doesn't windmill as the aircraft flies.
- The stylist feathered my hair.
(carpentry, engineering) To finely shave or bevel an edge.
(computer graphics) To intergrade or blend the pixels of an image with those of a background or neighboring image.
To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
* Sir Walter Scott
- After striking the bird, the pilot feathered the left, damaged engine's propeller.
To render light as a feather; to give wings to.
- A few birches and oaks still feathered the narrow ravines.
To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
* Francis Bacon
- The Polonian story perhaps may feather some tedious hours.
- They stuck not to say that the king cared not to plume his nobility and people to feather himself.
To tread, as a cock.
* feather one's nest
* feather one's own nest
* tar and feather
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The state or condition of being featherless; lack of feathers.