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feather


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feather  \Feath"er\,  n.  [OE.  fether,  AS  fe?der;  akin  to  D. 
  veder,  OHG.  fedara,  G.  feder,  Icel.  fj["o]?r,  Sw  fj["a]der, 
  Dan.  fj[ae]der,  Gr  ?  wing,  feather,  ?  to  fly,  Skr.  pattra 
  wing,  feathr,  pat  to  fly,  and  prob.  to  L.  penna  feather, 
  wing.  [root]76,  248.  Cf  {Pen}  a  feather.] 
  1.  One  of  the  peculiar  dermal  appendages,  of  several  kinds, 
  belonging  to  birds,  as  contour  feathers,  quills,  and  down 
 
  Note:  An  ordinary  feather  consists  of  the  quill  or  hollow 
  basal  part  of  the  stem;  the  shaft  or  rachis,  forming 
  the  upper,  solid  part  of  the  stem;  the  vanes  or  webs, 
  implanted  on  the  rachis  and  consisting  of  a  series  of 
  slender  lamin[ae]  or  barbs,  which  usually  bear 
  barbicels  and  interlocking  hooks  by  which  they  are 
  fastened  together.  See  {Down},  {Quill},  {Plumage}. 
 
  2.  Kind  nature;  species;  --  from  the  proverbial  phrase, 
  ``Birds  of  a  feather,''  that  is  of  the  same  species.  [R.] 
 
  I  am  not  of  that  feather  to  shake  off  My  friend  when 
  he  must  need  me  --Shak. 
 
  3.  The  fringe  of  long  hair  on  the  legs  of  the  setter  and  some 
  other  dogs. 
 
  4.  A  tuft  of  peculiar,  long,  frizzly  hair  on  a  horse. 
 
  5.  One  of  the  fins  or  wings  on  the  shaft  of  an  arrow. 
 
  6.  (Mach.  &  Carp.)  A  longitudinal  strip  projecting  as  a  fin 
  from  an  object,  to  strengthen  it  or  to  enter  a  channel  in 
  another  object  and  thereby  prevent  displacement  sidwise 
  but  permit  motion  lengthwise;  a  spline. 
 
  7.  A  thin  wedge  driven  between  the  two  semicylindrical  parts 
  of  a  divided  plug  in  a  hole  bored  in  a  stone,  to  rend  the 
  stone.  --Knight. 
 
  8.  The  angular  adjustment  of  an  oar  or  paddle-wheel  float, 
  with  reference  to  a  horizontal  axis,  as  it  leaves  or 
  enters  the  water. 
 
  Note:  Feather  is  used  adjectively  or  in  combination,  meaning 
  composed  of  or  resembling,  a  feather  or  feathers;  as 
  feather  fan,  feather-heeled,  feather  duster. 
 
  {Feather  alum}  (Min.),  a  hydrous  sulphate  of  alumina, 
  resulting  from  volcanic  action  and  from  the  decomposition 
  of  iron  pyrites;  --  called  also  {halotrichite}.  --Ure. 
 
  {Feather  bed},  a  bed  filled  with  feathers. 
 
  {Feather  driver},  one  who  prepares  feathers  by  beating. 
 
  {Feather  duster},  a  dusting  brush  of  feathers. 
 
  {Feather  flower},  an  artifical  flower  made  of  feathers,  for 
  ladies'  headdresses,  and  other  ornamental  purposes. 
 
  {Feather  grass}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  grass  ({Stipa  pennata}) 
  which  has  a  long  feathery  awn  rising  from  one  of  the 
  chaffy  scales  which  inclose  the  grain. 
 
  {Feather  maker},  one  who  makes  plumes,  etc.,  of  feathers, 
  real  or  artificial. 
 
  {Feather  ore}  (Min.),  a  sulphide  of  antimony  and  lead, 
  sometimes  found  in  capillary  forms  and  like  a  cobweb,  but 
  also  massive.  It  is  a  variety  of  Jamesonite. 
 
  {Feather  shot},  or  {Feathered  shot}  (Metal.),  copper 
  granulated  by  pouring  into  cold  water.  --Raymond. 
 
  {Feather  spray}  (Naut.),  the  spray  thrown  up  like  pairs  of 
  feathers,  by  the  cutwater  of  a  fast-moving  vessel. 
 
  {Feather  star}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Comatula}. 
 
  {Feather  weight}.  (Racing) 
  a  Scrupulously  exact  weight,  so  that  a  feather  would 
  turn  the  scale,  when  a  jockey  is  weighed  or  weighted. 
  b  The  lightest  weight  that  can  be  put  on  the  back  of  a 
  horse  in  racing.  --Youatt. 
  c  In  wrestling,  boxing,  etc.,  a  term  applied  to  the 
  lightest  of  the  classes  into  which  contestants  are 
  divided;  --  in  contradistinction  to  {light  weight}, 
  {middle  weight},  and  {heavy  weight}. 
 
  {A  feather  in  the  cap}  an  honour,  trophy,  or  mark  of 
  distinction.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  be  in  full  feather},  to  be  in  full  dress  or  in  one's  best 
  clothes.  [Collog.] 
 
  {To  be  in  high  feather},  to  be  in  high  spirits.  [Collog.] 
 
  {To  cut  a  feather}. 
  a  (Naut.)  To  make  the  water  foam  in  moving  in  allusion 
  to  the  ripple  which  a  ship  throws  off  from  her  bows. 
  b  To  make  one's  self  conspicuous.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  show  the  white  feather},  to  betray  cowardice,  --  a  white 
  feather  in  the  tail  of  a  cock  being  considered  an 
  indication  that  he  is  not  of  the  true  game  breed. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feather  \Feath"er\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  grow  or  form  feathers;  to  become  feathered;  --  often 
  with  out  as  the  birds  are  feathering  out 
 
  2.  To  curdle  when  poured  into  another  liquid,  and  float  about 
  in  little  flakes  or  ``feathers;''  as  the  cream  feathers 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  3.  To  turn  to  a  horizontal  plane;  --  said  of  oars. 
 
  The  feathering  oar  returns  the  gleam.  --Tickell. 
 
  Stopping  his  sculls  in  the  air  to  feather 
  accurately.  --Macmillan's 
  Mag. 
 
  4.  To  have  the  appearance  of  a  feather  or  of  feathers;  to  be 
  or  to  appear  in  feathery  form 
 
  A  clump  of  ancient  cedars  feathering  in  evergreen 
  beauty  down  to  the  ground.  --Warren. 
 
  The  ripple  feathering  from  her  bows.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feather  \Feath"er\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Feathered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Feathering.}] 
  1.  To  furnish  with  a  feather  or  feathers,  as  an  arrow  or  a 
  cap. 
 
  An  eagle  had  the  ill  hap  to  be  struck  with  an  arrow 
  feathered  from  her  own  wing.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  2.  To  adorn,  as  with  feathers;  to  fringe. 
 
  A  few  birches  and  oaks  still  feathered  the  narrow 
  ravines.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  3.  To  render  light  as  a  feather;  to  give  wings  to.[R.] 
 
  The  Polonian  story  perhaps  may  feather  some  tedions 
  hours.  --Loveday. 
 
  4.  To  enrich;  to  exalt;  to  benefit. 
 
  They  stuck  not  to  say  that  the  king  cared  not  to 
  plume  his  nobility  and  people  to  feather  himself. 
  --Bacon. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  To  tread,  as  a  cock.  --Dryden. 
 
  {To  feather  one's  nest},  to  provide  for  one's  self  especially 
  from  property  belonging  to  another,  confided  to  one's 
  care  --  an  expression  taken  from  the  practice  of  birds 
  which  collect  feathers  for  the  lining  of  their  nests. 
 
  {To  feather  an  oar}  (Naut),  to  turn  it  when  it  leaves  the 
  water  so  that  the  blade  will  be  horizontal  and  offer  the 
  least  resistance  to  air  while  reaching  for  another  stroke. 
 
 
  {To  tar  and  feather  a  person},  to  smear  him  with  tar  and 
  cover  him  with  feathers,  as  a  punishment  or  an  indignity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feather 
  n  1:  the  light  horny  waterproof  structure  forming  the  external 
  covering  of  birds  [syn:  {plume},  {plumage}] 
  2:  turning  an  oar  parallel  to  the  water  between  pulls  [syn:  {feathering}] 
  v  1:  join  tongue  and  groove,  in  carpentry 
  2:  cover  or  fit  with  feathers 
  3:  turn  the  paddle;  in  canoeing  [syn:  {square}] 
  4:  turn  the  oar,  while  rowing  [syn:  {square}] 
  5:  grow  feathers,  of  birds  [syn:  {fledge}] 




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