feathering

noun
feath·​er·​ing | \ ˈfet͟h-riŋ How to pronounce feathering (audio) , ˈfe-t͟hər-iŋ \

Definition of feathering

1 : a covering of feathers : plumage
2 : 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 The humiliation of tar-and-feathering is evoked here too, but so is a message of flight. New York Times, "Black Grief, White Grievance: Artists Search for Racial Justice," 18 Feb. 2021 Henderson, a task force member, likes to gaze out toward the hills, with their thick tree canopy and feathering of clouds on top. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland is trying to defund the police. Can it? Should it?," 1 Nov. 2020 There are 80-pound setters with silky coats that nearly brush the ground, and there are 35-pound setters with just enough wispy feathering to distinguish them from pointers. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, "6 Hunting Dogs that Make Good House Dogs," 15 May 2020 As if with ink and watercolor, Ahdieh pairs sharp lines with a delicate feathering of interior color. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mystery and romance swirl together in young adult novel ‘The Beautiful’," 7 Apr. 2020 The feathering of setters — the longer fur on their ears, chest, back of the legs and tail — works to blend their movement into a sweeping brush of the countryside. Anchorage Daily News, "Your hunting dog might be a pointer or a flusher — or it might be both," 16 Oct. 2019 Tumeric sheet masks! Eyebrow feathering! Gen-Z yellow! Cloning your dog! Greta Lee, Glamour, "Now Trending on TV: The Sexy Asian Hunk," 14 Mar. 2018 Because this is sports and not real life, tarring and feathering is going to win. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: General Manager Dick Williams agrees to be pied with Cincinnati Reds fans' concerns," 4 Mar. 2018 Swedes, of course, have an innate knack for nest feathering, and any first-time visitor to Stockholm should come prepared for the scope and richness of the housewares-shopping experience (i.e., bring an empty suitcase). Andrew Ferren, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Stockholm," 3 May 2010

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First Known Use of feathering

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of feathering was in 1721

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4 Mar 2021

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“Feathering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathering. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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