quill

noun
\ ˈkwil How to pronounce quill (audio) \

Definition of quill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a bobbin, spool, or spindle on which filling yarn is wound
(2) : a hollow shaft often surrounding another shaft and used in various mechanical devices
b : a roll of dried bark cinnamon quills
2a(1) : the hollow horny shaft of a feather — see feather illustration
(2) : feather especially : one of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail
b : one of the hollow sharp spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
3 : something made from or resembling the quill of a feather especially : a pen for writing
4 : a float for a fishing line

quill

verb
quilled; quilling; quills

Definition of quill (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pierce with quills
2a : to wind (thread or yarn) on a quill
b : to make a series of small rounded ridges in (cloth)

Examples of quill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Learning Resources Spike the Hedgehog ($13.49; Amazon.com) The vivid quills on this quirky fellow are sized and shaped to be perfect for toddler hands to grasp. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "20 gifts kids will want from the 2019 Amazon Toy List," 1 Nov. 2019 Also your quill pen, your manual typewriter and your floppy disk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How Pop-Up Magazine is bringing amped-up storytelling to San Diego," 17 Sep. 2019 The Portland Press Herald reports the animal appeared to be a baby because its quills had not yet hardened. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 The yucca is a marvelous plant that once provided soap and quill tools to Native Americans. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "In the glow of a mountain campsite that’s closer than you’d believe," 13 June 2019 Spend a day in a one room schoolhouse, where quill pens and slates are the writing implements, create a shadow portrait, and take a scenic hike through the Nathan Hale State Forest. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 The rodent — which is likely a juvenile as its quills have not yet hardened, per The Portland Press Herald — was spotted by museum staff on Tuesday. Fox News, "Rare albino porcupine spotted at Maine museum," 21 July 2019 Spend a day in a one room schoolhouse, where quill pens and slates are the writing implements, create a shadow portrait, and take a scenic hike through the Nathan Hale State Forest. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 Think of Dickens and piles of foolscap and quill pens and Bob Cratchit. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How to punish Todd Ricketts for alleged tax scam? Elect him as congressman or better yet, governor," 4 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visitors can browse through more than 2,000 displays in other media, including decorative gourds, metal, wood, glass, jewelry, quilled greeting cards, handmade clothing and accessories. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Master class sculptors carve creative designs with sand and water," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of quill

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quill

Noun

Middle English quil hollow reed, bobbin; akin to Middle High German kil large feather

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The first known use of quill was in the 15th century

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quill

noun
How to pronounce quill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quill

: the hollow central part of a feather
: a large, stiff feather from the wing or tail of a bird
: a pen that is made from a feather

quill

noun
\ ˈkwil How to pronounce quill (audio) \

Kids Definition of quill

1 : a large stiff feather of a bird's wing or tail
2 : the hollow tubelike part of a feather
3 : a hollow sharp spine of a porcupine or hedgehog
4 : a pen made from a feather

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