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Definition of Feather


  1. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down.
  2. Kind; nature; species; -- from the proverbial phrase, "Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species.
  3. The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs.
  4. A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse.
  5. One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
  6. 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.
  7. A thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone.
  8. The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.
  9. To furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a cap.
  10. To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
  11. To render light as a feather; to give wings to.
  12. To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
  13. To tread, as a cock.
  14. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; -- often with out; as, the birds are feathering out.
  15. To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or "feathers;" as, the cream feathers
  16. To turn to a horizontal plane; -- said of oars.
  17. To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be or to appear in feathery form.

Feather Quotations

Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.
Shania Twain

The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that creativity will hit you all at once and the muse will carry you to the end of the book on feather wings while 'Foster the People' plays gently in the background. Storytelling is work. Pleasurable work, usually, but it is work.
Maggie Stiefvater

Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
Katharine Hepburn

My mother might find a thin gold chain at the back of a drawer, wadded into an impossibly tight knot, and give it to me to untangle. It would have a shiny, sweaty smell, and excite me: Gold chains linked you to the great fairy tales and myths, to Arabia, and India; to the great weight of the world, but lighter than a feather.
Anne Lamott

If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this - take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.
Rebecca Pidgeon
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Feather Translations

feather in Afrikaans is veer
feather in Dutch is pluim, veer, pen, veder
feather in French is plume
feather in German is Feder, Feder
feather in Italian is penna, piuma
feather in Latin is penna
feather in Portuguese is pena
feather in Spanish is pluma
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