Definitions for quillkwɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quillkwɪl(n.)

  1. one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.

    Category: Ornithology

  4. one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.

    Category: Zoology

  5. a plectrum of a harpsichord.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.

  7. a reed, spindle, or tube upon which filling yarn is wound for weaving.

    Category: Textiles

  8. Mach. a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.

    Category: Machinery

  9. (v.t.)to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges.

    Category: Textiles

  10. to wind on a quill, as yarn.

    Category: Textiles

  11. to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.

  12. to extract a quill or quills from.

Origin of quill:

1375–1425; late ME quil; cf. LG quiele, G Kiel

quill′-like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quill, quill pen(noun)

    pen made from a bird's feather

  2. quill(noun)

    a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog

  3. flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather(noun)

    any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

  4. quill, calamus, shaft(noun)

    the hollow spine of a feather

Wiktionary

  1. quill(Noun)

    The lower shaft of a feather, specifically the region lacking barbs.

  2. quill(Noun)

    A pen made from a feather.

  3. quill(Noun)

    Any pen.

  4. quill(Noun)

    A sharply pointed, barbed, and easily detached needle-like structure that grows on the skin of a porcupine or hedgehog as a defense against predators.

  5. quill(Noun)

    A thin piece of bark, especially of cinnamon or cinchona, curled up into a tube.

  6. quill(Verb)

    To pierce or be pierced with quills.

  7. quill(Verb)

    To write.

  8. quill(Verb)

    To form fabric into small, rounded folds.

  9. quill(Verb)

    To decorate with quillwork.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quill(noun)

    one of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather

  2. Quill(noun)

    a pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill

  3. Quill(noun)

    a spine of the hedgehog or porcupine

  4. Quill(noun)

    the pen of a squid. See Pen

  5. Quill(noun)

    the plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments

  6. Quill(noun)

    the tube of a musical instrument

  7. Quill(noun)

    something having the form of a quill

  8. Quill(noun)

    the fold or plain of a ruff

  9. Quill(noun)

    a spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle

  10. Quill(noun)

    a hollow spindle

  11. Quill(verb)

    to plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle

  12. Quill(verb)

    to wind on a quill, as thread or yarn

Freebase

  1. Quill

    A quill pen is a writing implement made from a moulted flight feather of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nibbed pen, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. The hand-cut goose quill is still used as a calligraphy tool, however rarely because many papers are now derived from wood pulp and wear down the quill very quickly. It is still the tool of choice for a few professionals and provides an unmatched sharp stroke as well as greater flexibility than a steel pen. In a carefully prepared quill the slit does not widen through wetting and drying with ink. It will retain its shape adequately and only requires infrequent sharpening and can be used time and time again until there is little left of it. The hollow shaft of the feather acts as an ink reservoir and ink flows to the tip by capillary action. The strongest quills come from the primary flight feathers discarded by birds during their annual moult. Generally the left wing is favored by the right-handed majority of writers because the feather curves away from the sight line, over the back of the hand, although because of the modern scarcity of substantial quills this is rarely a consideration as the curvature is not actually so pronounced as to cause any difficulty in the writing process.


Translations for quill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

quill(noun)

a large feather, especially the feather of a goose, made into a pen.

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