feath·​er·​ing ˈfet͟h-riŋ How to pronounce feathering (audio)
: a covering of feathers : plumage
: a fringe of hair (as on the legs of a dog) see dog illustration

Examples of feathering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What to know about Western screech-owls Western screech-owls are small with round yellow eyes and brown and white feathering that helps camouflage them in trees, according to the California Living Museum. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 The bodice was a mock neck halter fit while the hem was flared with even more feathering added to it. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 20 Feb. 2024 The powerful level of pigmentation provided healthy doses of color in one swipe without feathering, even on 70-plus-year-old skin. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Furthermore, the feathering motion is mainly how penguins produce such powerful forward propulsion in the water. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 July 2023 Optimal amplitude while feathering generated the largest thrust. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 July 2023 However, Republicans run the risk of achieving precisely the opposite goal of politically tarring, feathering, and trying to remove the president. Max Thornberry, Washington Examiner, 28 Dec. 2023 Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner A cult-favorite liquid eyeliner that stays in place without smudging, feathering, or running. NYX Butter Gloss A buttery soft lip gloss that imparts a sheer-to-medium coverage, high-shine pigment. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2023 While wispy bangs tend to work well on those with finer hair because the feathering creates volume, an experienced hairstylist can feather the ends of heavier hair to keep the look light and airy. Danielle Blundell, Women's Health, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feathering was in 1721

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“Feathering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathering. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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