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feather

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noun feath·er \ˈfe-thər\

Simple Definition of feather

  • : any one of the light growths that make up the outer covering of the body of a bird

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feather

  1. 1 a :  any of the light horny epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds and that consist of a shaft bearing on each side a series of barbs which bear barbules which in turn bear barbicels commonly ending in hooked hamuli and interlocking with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous vane b archaic :  plume 2a c :  the vane of an arrow

  2. 2 a :  plumage b :  kind, nature <birds of a feather flock together> c :  attire, dress d :  condition, mood <woke up in fine feather> e plural :  composure <some feathers had been ruffled — D. J. Blum>

  3. 3 :  feathering 2

  4. 4 :  a projecting strip, rib, fin, or flange

  5. 5 :  a feathery flaw in the eye or in a precious stone

  6. 6 :  the act of feathering an oar

feathered

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featherless

adjective

a feather in one's cap

  1. :  a mark of distinction :  honor

Examples of feather in a sentence

  1. <the two brothers are sports-obsessed jocks, and most of their friends are of the same feather>

  2. <prom couples strutted into the ballroom in full feather>



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Origin and Etymology of feather

Middle English fether, from Old English; akin to Old High German federa wing, Latin petere to go to, seek, Greek petesthai to fly, piptein to fall, pteron wing


First Known Use: before 12th century


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feather

verb feath·er

Simple Definition of feather

  • : to put a feather in or on (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of feather

feathered

feathering

play \ˈfeth-riŋ, ˈfe-thə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to furnish (as an arrow) with a feather b :  to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

  3. 2 a :  to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance b (1) :  to change the angle of (airplane propeller blades) so that the chords become approximately parallel to the line of flight; also :  to change the angle of airplane propeller blades of (an engine) in such a manner (2) :  to change the angle of (a rotor blade of a rotorcraft) periodically in forward flight

  4. 3 :  to reduce the edge of to a featheredge

  5. 4 :  to cut (as air) with or as if with a wing

  6. 5 :  to join by a tongue and groove

  7. 6 :  to hit, throw, pass, or shoot softly and usually with precision <feathered a perfect lob over the net>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to grow or form feathers

  10. 2 :  to have or take on the appearance of a feather or something feathered

  11. 3 :  to soak in and spread :  blur —used of ink or a printed impression

  12. 4 :  to feather an oar or an airplane propeller blade

feather one's nest

  1. :  to provide for oneself especially financially by unethically exploiting a position of trust

13th Century

First Known Use of feather

13th century


Feather

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geographical name Feath·er \ˈfe-thər\

Definition of Feather

  1. river 100 miles (161 kilometers) N cen California flowing S into Sacramento River





FEATHER Defined for Kids

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feather

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noun feath·er \ˈfe-thər\

Definition of feather for Students

  1. :  one of the light horny growths that make up the outer covering of a bird

feathered

\-thərd\ adjective



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feather

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verb feath·er

Definition of feather for Students

feathered

feathering

  1. 1 :  to provide or decorate with feathers

  2. 2 :  to grow or form feathers




Medical Dictionary

feather

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noun feath·er \ˈfeth-ər\

Medical Definition of feather

  1. :  one of the light horny epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds and that consist of a shaft bearing on each side a series of barbs which bear barbules which in turn bear barbicels commonly ending in the hooked processes and interlocking with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous vane

feathered

\-ərd\play adjective




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