feather

  • 1 Feather — Feath er (f[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. fether, AS. fe[eth]er; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj[ o][eth]r, Sw. fj[ a]der, Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ptero n wing, feather, pe tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and prob.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 feather — [feth′ər] n. [ME fether < OE; akin to Ger feder < IE base * pet , to fall, fly > Gr pteron, wing, piptein, L petere, to fall, Sans pátati, (he) flies] 1. Zool. any of the growths covering the body of a bird or making up a large part of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 feather — ► NOUN ▪ any of the flat appendages growing from a bird s skin, consisting of a partly hollow horny shaft fringed with vanes of barbs. ► VERB 1) rotate the blades of (a propeller) to lessen the air or water resistance. 2) (feathered) covered or… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Feather — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Leonard Feather (1914–1994), britischer Jazzautor, musiker und produzent Lorraine Feather (* 1948), US amerikanische Jazzsängerin und Songwriterin Tiny Feather (1902–1975), US amerikanischer American… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 6 Feather — Feath er, v. i. 1. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; often with out; as, the birds are feathering out. [1913 Webster] 2. To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or feathers; as, the cream feathers …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 feather — [n] tuft of bird; plumage calamus, crest, down, fin, fluff, fringe, penna, pinion, pinna, plume, plumule, pompon, quill, shaft, spike, wing; concept 399 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 Feather — For other uses, see Feather (disambiguation). Feather variations Feathers are one of the epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds and some theropod dinosaurs. They are considered the most complex… …

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  • 9 feather — featherless, adj. featherlessness, n. featherlike, adj. /fedh euhr/, n. 1. one of the horny structures forming the principal covering of birds, consisting typically of a hard, tubular portion attached to the body and tapering into a thinner,… …

    Universalium

  • 10 feather — /ˈfɛðə / (say fedhuh) noun 1. one of the epidermal appendages which together constitute the plumage of birds, being typically made up of a hard, tubelike portion (the quill) attached to the body of the bird, which passes into a thinner, stemlike… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 feather — {{11}}feather (n.) O.E. feðer feather, in plural, wings, from P.Gmc. *fethro (Cf. O.S. fethara, O.N. fioþr, Swed. fjäder, M.Du. vedere, Du. veder, O.H.G. fedara, Ger. Feder), from PIE *petra , zero degree *ptera wing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 feather — n. & v. n. 1 any of the appendages growing from a bird s skin, with a horny hollow stem and fine strands. 2 one or more of these as decoration etc. 3 (collect.) a plumage. b game birds. v. 1 tr. cover or line with feathers. 2 tr. Rowing turn (an… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 feather — feath|er1 S3 [ˈfeðə US ər] n [: Old English; Origin: fether] 1.) one of the light soft things that cover a bird s body ▪ an ostrich feather feather bed/pillow etc (=a bed etc that is filled with feathers) 2.) a feather in your cap something you… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 feather — 1 noun (C) 1 one of the things that cover a bird s body, consisting of a stem with soft hairs growing on either side: an ostrich feather | feather bed/pillow etc (=a bed etc that is filled with feathers) 2 a feather in your cap something you have …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 feather — [[t]fe̱ðə(r)[/t]] feathers 1) N COUNT A bird s feathers are the soft covering on its body. Each feather consists of a lot of smooth hairs on each side of a thin stiff centre. → See also feathered ...a hat that she had made herself from black… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 feather — I UK [ˈfeðə(r)] / US [ˈfeðər] noun [countable] Word forms feather : singular feather plural feathers * a) one of the narrow tubes with thin soft hairs on each side that cover a bird s body b) [only before noun] filled with feathers a feather… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 feather — I. noun Etymology: Middle English fether, from Old English; akin to Old High German federa wing, Latin petere to go to, seek, Greek petesthai to fly, piptein to fall, pteron wing Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of the light horny epidermal… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 feather — feath•er [[t]ˈfɛð ər[/t]] n. 1) orn one of the horny epidermal structures that form the principal covering of birds, consisting of a hollow shaft bearing a series of slender barbs that interlock to form a flat surface on each side 2) kind;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 Feather — This interesting surname is of Anglo Saxon origin, and has several possible sources. The first, and most probable being a metonymic name for a feather trader, or one who manufactured quilts. Another possibility is that of a supplier of quill pens …

    Surnames reference

  • 20 feather — n. 1) to pluck feathers (from a chicken) 2) (misc.) as light as a feather ( very light ); a feather in one s cap ( a symbol of accomplishment ); to smooth smb. s ruffled feathers ( to calm smb. ) * * * [ feðə] a feather in one s cap ( a symbol of …

    Combinatory dictionary