Definitions for feather
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word feather.
feather, plume, plumagenoun
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
join tongue and groove, in carpentry
cover or fit with feathers
turn the paddle; in canoeing
turn the oar, while rowing
"The young sparrows are fledging already"
A branching, hair-like structure that grows on the wings of birds that allows their wings to create lift.
Long hair on lower legs of heavier horses, especially draft horses, notably the Clydesdale breed. Narrowly only the rear hair.
To cover with feathers.
To arrange in the manner or appearance of feathers.
The stylist feathered my hair.
To rotate the oars while they are out of the water to reduce wind resistance.
To streamline the blades of an aircraft's propeller by rotating them perpendicular to the axis of the propeller when the engine is shut down so that the propeller doesn't windmill as the aircraft flies.
After striking the bird, the pilot feathered the left, damaged engine's propeller.
To finely shave or bevel an edge.
To intergrade or blend the pixels of an image with those of a background or neighboring image.
Etymology: From fether, from feþer, from feþrō, from peta-. The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πέτεσθαι, πτῶσις, shpend, Latin penna, Old Armenian թիռ. Celtic *petno- (Old Irish én, Breton ein ‘bird’).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: feðer, Saxon; feder, German.
Look, as I blow this feather from my face. William Shakespeare, H. VI.
The brave eagle does with sorrow see
The forest wasted, and that lofty tree,
Which holds her nest, about to be o’erthrown,
Before the feathers of her young are grown;
She will not leave them, nor she cannot stay,
But bears them boldly on her wings away. Edmund Waller.
When a man in the dark presses either corner of his eye with his finger, and turns his eye away from his finger, he will see a circle of colours like those in the feathers of a peacock’s tail. Isaac Newton, Opt.
I am bright as an angel, and light as a feather. Jonathan Swift.
The proud insulting queen,
With Clifford and the haught Northumberland,
And of their feather many more proud birds,
Have wrought the easy-melting king, like wax. William Shakespeare, H. VI.
I am not of that feather to shake off
My friend, when he most needs me. William Shakespeare, Timon.
Etymology: from the noun.
Dame Partlet was the sovereign of his heart;
Ardent in love, outrageous in his play,
He feather’d her a hundred times a day. Dryden.
They stuck not to say, that the king cared not to plume his nobility and people, to feather himself. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.
Feathers are epidermal growths that form a distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on both avian (bird) and some non-avian dinosaurs and other archosaurs. They are the most complex integumentary structures found in vertebrates and a premier example of a complex evolutionary novelty. They are among the characteristics that distinguish the extant birds from other living groups.Although feathers cover most of the bird's body, they arise only from certain well-defined tracts on the skin. They aid in flight, thermal insulation, and waterproofing. In addition, coloration helps in communication and protection. Plumology (or plumage science) is the name for the science that is associated with the study of feathers.Feathers have a number of utilitarian, cultural, and religious uses. Feathers are both soft and excellent at trapping heat; thus, they are sometimes used in high-class bedding, especially pillows, blankets, and mattresses. They are also used as filling for winter clothing and outdoor bedding, such as quilted coats and sleeping bags. Goose and eider down have great loft, the ability to expand from a compressed, stored state to trap large amounts of compartmentalized, insulating air. Feathers of large birds (most often geese) have been and are used to make quill pens. Historically, the hunting of birds for decorative and ornamental feathers has endangered some species and helped to contribute to the extinction of others. Today, feathers used in fashion and in military headdresses and clothes are obtained as a waste product of poultry farming, including chickens, geese, turkeys, pheasants, and ostriches. These feathers are dyed and manipulated to enhance their appearance, as poultry feathers are naturally often dull in appearance compared to the feathers of wild birds.
A feather is a structure that forms the outer covering of a bird's body, designed for flight, insulation, and display. It is a complex integumentary structure made up of interlocking keratin structures, typically characterized by a central shaft (rachis) with a series of vanes or barbs branching out on both sides. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, depending on the species of bird.
one of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down
kind; nature; species; -- from the proverbial phrase, "Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species
the fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs
a tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse
one of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow
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
a thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone
the angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water
to furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a cap
to adorn, as with feathers; to fringe
to render light as a feather; to give wings to
to enrich; to exalt; to benefit
to tread, as a cock
to grow or form feathers; to become feathered; -- often with out; as, the birds are feathering out
to curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or "feathers;" as, the cream feathers
to turn to a horizontal plane; -- said of oars
to have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be or to appear in feathery form
Etymology: [OE. fether, AS. feer; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fjr, Sw. fjder, Dan. fjder, Gr. ptero`n wing, feather, pe`tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and prob. to L. penna feather, wing. 76, 248. Cf. Pen a feather.]
Feathers are one of the epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds and some non-avian theropod dinosaurs. They are considered the most complex integumentary structures found in vertebrates, and indeed a premier example of a complex evolutionary novelty. They are among the characteristics that distinguish the extant Aves from other living groups. Feathers have also been noticed in those Theropoda which have been termed feathered dinosaurs. Although feathers cover most parts of the body of birds, they arise only from certain well-defined tracts on the skin. They aid in flight, thermal insulation, waterproofing and coloration that helps in communication and protection.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
feth′ėr, n. one of the growths which form the covering of a bird: a feather-like ornament: the feathered end of an arrow: nature, kind, as in 'birds of a feather:' birds collectively: anything light or trifling.—v.t. to furnish or adorn with feathers.—ns. Feath′er-bed, a mattress filled with feathers; Feath′er-board′ing (same as Weather-boarding, q.v.).—p.adj. Feath′ered, covered or fitted with feathers, or anything feather-like: like the flight of a feathered animal, swift: smoothed as with feathers.—ns. Feath′er-edge, an edge of a board or plank thinner than the other edge; Feath′er-grass, a perennial grass, so called from the feathery appearance of its awns; Feath′er-head, Feath′er-brain, a frivolous person; Feath′eriness; Feath′ering, plumage: the fitting of feathers to arrows: (archit.) an arrangement of small arcs or foils separated by projecting cusps, frequently forming the feather-like ornament on the inner mouldings of arches; Feath′er-star, a crinoid of feathery appearance and radiate structure; Feath′er-weight, the lightest weight that may be carried by a racing-horse: a boxer, wrestler, &c., of a class below the light-weights—hence one of small importance or ability.—adj. Feath′ery, pertaining to, resembling, or covered with feathers.—Feather an oar, to turn the blade of the oar horizontally as it comes out of the water, thus lessening the resistance of the air; Feather one's nest, to accumulate wealth for one's self while serving others in a position of trust.—A feather in one's cap, some striking mark of distinction; Be in high feather, to be greatly elated or in high spirits; Make the feathers fly, to throw into confusion by a sudden attack; Show the white feather, to show signs of cowardice—a white feather in a gamecock's tail being considered as a sign of degeneracy. [A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
(See SWINE'S or SWEDISH FEATHER.) It is used variously. (See also FULL FEATHER and WHITE FEATHER.)
A facet of the body of a bird.
The birds feathers are amazing to feel and see.
Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Feather is ranked #11719 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Feather surname appeared 2,674 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Feather.
84.4% or 2,259 total occurrences were White.
9.6% or 258 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
2.5% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
1.5% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.4% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'feather' in Nouns Frequency: #2595
The numerical value of feather in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of feather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Major non-NATO status is a real feather in the cap of many nations... in a sense it would essentially cement the US as the guarantor of Saudi security for forseeable future, it would put down on paper what has been the gentleman's agreement.
As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
I ’m 58, and in my life, I have received one eagle feather, when you see some people wearing one jumping around like a monkey yelling like an idiot, it is disrespectful to our culture.
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.
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- veer, pluimAfrikaans
- ريش, ريشةArabic
- tük, lələkAzerbaijani
- перо̀, оперявамBulgarian
- plomaCatalan, Valencian
- plu, plufWelsh
- Vogelfeder, befiedern, FederGerman
- πούπουλο, φτερόGreek
- vuohiskarva, sulka, tyyppi, lehti, höyhenFinnish
- pinne, plom, fearWestern Frisian
- iteScottish Gaelic
- पर, पंखHindi
- pluma, pennaInterlingua
- penna, piumaItalian
- 유, 깃, 종류, 깃털Korean
- pûrt, پهڕ, perrKurdish
- plūma, pennaLatin
- Fieder, PlommLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ຂົນ, ບິກLao
- өд, өрөвлөгMongolian
- bulu pelepahMalay
- pluim, veer, vederDutch
- fjørNorwegian Nynorsk
- atʼaʼNavajo, Navaho
- ਖੰਭPanjabi, Punjabi
- pluma, penaPortuguese
- pană, fulgRomanian
- pinna, pinniaSardinian
- перо, peroSerbo-Croatian
- pierko, peroSlovak
- pendë, pupëlAlbanian
- ขน, ขนนกThai
- پنکھ, پرUrdu
- lông chim, lông vũ, lôngVietnamese
- plüm, bödaplümem, pen, bödapen, bödaplüm, plümemVolapük
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