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 Included are demonstrations on a single-tree selection timber harvest, edge feathering and habitat improvements, non-timber products, invasive management, thinning plantings and more. cleveland, 5 May 2022 The tarring and feathering is also missing from official University of Maine histories. Karen Sieber, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 Once the lip is in place, add a sheer layer of translucent powder to set it and prevent feathering as the night goes on. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2021 Banja Luka is a strong yellow with red feathering and another variety likely to return the following spring. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 No bold lip is complete without a liner, which can prolong lipstick wear by up to two hours and helps ensure a flawless even color all day long without smudging or feathering. Anna Tingley, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Yellow Madonna is a pastel yellow with faint yellow and green feathering. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 That problem has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of U.S. history, to varying degrees, since the days of tarring and feathering. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 The vehicle's feathering system, which allows the space plane's wings to fold up, was deployed prematurely due to human error, causing the vehicle to rip apart mid air. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 11 July 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Feathering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathering. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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