Feathered
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. [1913 Webster]

An eagle had the ill hap to be struck with an arrow feathered from her own wing. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

2. To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe. [1913 Webster]

A few birches and oaks still feathered the narrow ravines. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To render light as a feather; to give wings to.[R.] [1913 Webster]

The Polonian story perhaps may feather some tedious hours. --Loveday. [1913 Webster]

4. To enrich; to exalt; to benefit. [1913 Webster]

They stuck not to say that the king cared not to plume his nobility and people to feather himself. --Bacon. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To tread, as a cock. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Feathered — Feath ered, a. 1. Clothed, covered, or fitted with (or as with) feathers or wings; as, a feathered animal; a feathered arrow. [1913 Webster] Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury. Shak. [1913 Webster] Nonsense feathered with soft and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feathered — feathered; un·feathered; …   English syllables

  • feathered — [[t]fe̱ðə(r)d[/t]] 1) ADJ If you describe something as feathered, you mean that it has feathers on it. Her mother was the proud lady in the feathered hat. 2) PHRASE Birds are sometimes referred to as our feathered friends …   English dictionary

  • feathered — /fedh euhrd/, adj. 1. clothed, covered, or provided with feathers, as a bird or an arrow. 2. quick; rapid; speedy; swift: feathered feet. 3. (of a veneer) cut to show a figure resembling a plume. [bef. 1000; ME fethered, OE gefetherede, see… …   Universalium

  • feathered — feath|ered [ˈfeðəd US ərd] adj 1.) having feathers, or made from feathers 2.) feathered friend informal a bird used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • feathered — feath|ered [ feðərd ] adjective covered with feathers or made from feathers our feathered friends HUMOROUS birds …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • feathered — UK [ˈfeðə(r)d] / US [ˈfeðərd] adjective covered with feathers, or made from feathers • our feathered friends …   English dictionary

  • feathered — /ˈfɛðəd/ (say fedhuhd) adjective 1. clothed, covered, or provided with feathers. 2. winged; swift. –phrase 3. feathered friend, a bird …   Australian English dictionary

  • feathered — adjective 1. adorned with feathers or plumes (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑feathery, ↑plumy • Similar to: ↑adorned, ↑decorated • Derivationally related forms: ↑feather …   Useful english dictionary

  • feathered — adjective see feather I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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