What does fledge mean?

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flɛdʒfledge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fledgeverb

    feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight

  2. fledge, flightverb

    decorate with feathers

    "fledge an arrow"

  3. fledge, featherverb

    grow feathers

    "The young sparrows are fledging already"

Wiktionary

  1. fledgeverb

    To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.

  2. fledgeverb

    To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.

  3. fledgeverb

    To decorate with feathers.

Wikipedia

  1. Fledge

    Fledging is the stage in a flying animal's life between hatching or birth and becoming capable of flight. This term is most frequently applied to birds, but is also used for bats. For altricial birds, those that spend more time in vulnerable condition in the nest, the nestling and fledging stage can be the same. For precocial birds, those that develop and leave the nest quickly, a short nestling stage precedes a longer fledging stage.All birds are considered to have fledged when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight. A young bird that has recently fledged but is still dependent upon parental care and feeding is called a fledgling. People often want to help fledglings, as they appear vulnerable, but it is best to leave them alone. The USA National Phenology Network defines the phenophase (or life cycle stage) of fledged young for birds as "One or more young are seen recently departed from the nest. This includes young incapable of sustained flight and young which are still dependent on adults." In many species, parents continue to care for their fledged young, either by leading them to food sources, or feeding them. Birds are vulnerable after they have left the nest, but before they can fly, though once fledged their chances of survival increase dramatically.One species, the ancient murrelet, fledges two days after hatching, running from its burrow to the ocean and its calling parents. Once it reaches the ocean, its parents care for it for several weeks. Other species, such as guillemots and terns, leave the nesting site while they are still unable to fly. The fledging behavior of the guillemot is spectacular; the adult leads the chick to the edge of the cliff, where the colony is located, and the chick will then launch itself off, attempting to fly as far as possible, before crash landing on the ocean.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fledgeverb

    feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly

    Etymology: [OE. flegge, flygge; akin to D. vlug, G. flgge, flcke, OHG. flucchi, Icel. fleygr, and to E. fly. 84. See Fly, v. i.]

  2. Fledge

    to furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers necessary for flight

    Etymology: [OE. flegge, flygge; akin to D. vlug, G. flgge, flcke, OHG. flucchi, Icel. fleygr, and to E. fly. 84. See Fly, v. i.]

  3. Fledge

    to furnish or adorn with any soft covering

    Etymology: [OE. flegge, flygge; akin to D. vlug, G. flgge, flcke, OHG. flucchi, Icel. fleygr, and to E. fly. 84. See Fly, v. i.]

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  1. Fledge

    Fledge is the stage in a young bird's life when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight. It also describes the act of a chick's parents raising it to a fully grown state. A young bird that has recently fledged but is still dependent upon parental care and feeding is called a fledgling. In ornithology, the meaning of fledging varies, depending on species. Birds are sometimes considered fledged once they leave the nest, even if they still cannot fly. Some definitions of fledge take it to mean the independence of the chick from the adults. Adults will often continue to feed the chick after it has left the nest and is able to fly. One notable species, the Ancient Murrelet, fledges two days after hatching, running from its burrow to the ocean and its calling parents. Once it reaches the ocean, its parents care for it for several weeks. Other species, such as guillemots and some cormorants, leave the nesting site while they are still unable, or barely able, to fly. The fledging behaviour of the guillemot is spectacular; the adult will lead the chick through the colony if possible, for large drops like cliffs, it will fly down and call to its young. The chick will then launch itself off the cliff, attempting to fly as far as possible, crash landing on the ground below before continuing its run towards the ocean.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fledge

    flej, v.t. to furnish with feathers or wings.—v.i. to acquire feathers for flying.—n. Fledg′ling, a little bird just fledged.—adj. Fledg′y (Keats), feathery. [M. E. fligge, flegge—A.S. flycge, fledged (cf. Ger. flügge)—fléogan, to fly (Ger. fliegen).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fledge in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fledge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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