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 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 Camouflage your lips with a non-drying concealer to prevent feathering. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "Makeup How-To: Sexy Ombré Red Lip," 18 Dec. 2013 In the case of Jianianhualong, the dinosaur's feathering gives paleontologists a better idea of what the ancestral plumage pattern looked like. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Paleo Profile: The Jianianhua Dragon," 8 May 2017 This is unique from traditional feathering in aviation, which involves rotating the propellers of a turboprop engine to reduce drag in the event that the engine fails. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Galactic Conducts Critical Flight Test of New SpaceShipTwo," 1 May 2017 Her crisp white custom Atelier Versace gown featured ombréd feathering, billowing out into a small train. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Amal Clooney Wore a Form-Fitting White Gown for the César Awards," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of feathering

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2019

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“Feathering.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathering. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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