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Meaning of FEATHER

Pronunciation:  'fedhur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
  2. [n]  the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
  3. [v]  grow feathers, of birds; "A fledgling sparrow fell out of its nest"
  4. [v]  turn the oar, while rowing
  5. [v]  turn the paddle; in canoeing
  6. [v]  cover or fit with feathers
  7. [v]  join tongue and groove, in carpentry

FEATHER is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: feathering, fledge, plumage, plume, square
 See Also: acquire, aftershaft, alula, animal material, bastard wing, bird, body covering, calamus, ceratin, conjoin, contour feather, cover, develop, down, down feather, flight feather, get, grow, hackle, join, keratin, marabou, melanin, paddle, pinion, produce, quill, quill feather, rotation, row, row, rowing, scapular, shaft, spurious wing, vane, web



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Feath"er\, n. [OE. fether, AS. fe?der; akin to D.
    veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj["o]?r, Sw. fj["a]der,
    Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ? wing, feather, ? to fly, Skr. pattra
    wing, feathr, pat to fly, and prob. to L. penna feather,
    wing. [root]76, 248. Cf. {Pen} a feather.]
    1. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds,
       belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down.
    Note: An ordinary feather consists of the quill or hollow
          basal part of the stem; the shaft or rachis, forming
          the upper, solid part of the stem; the vanes or webs,
          implanted on the rachis and consisting of a series of
          slender lamin[ae] or barbs, which usually bear
          barbicels and interlocking hooks by which they are
          fastened together. See {Down}, {Quill}, {Plumage}.
    2. Kind; nature; species; -- from the proverbial phrase,
       ``Birds of a feather,'' that is, of the same species. [R.]
             I am not of that feather to shake off My friend when
             he must need me.                      --Shak.
    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. (Mach. & Carp.) 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. --Knight.
    8. The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float,
       with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or
       enters the water.
    Note: Feather is used adjectively or in combination, meaning
          composed of, or resembling, a feather or feathers; as,
          feather fan, feather-heeled, feather duster.
    {Feather alum} (Min.), a hydrous sulphate of alumina,
       resulting from volcanic action, and from the decomposition
       of iron pyrites; -- called also {halotrichite}. --Ure.
    {Feather bed}, a bed filled with feathers.
    {Feather driver}, one who prepares feathers by beating.
    {Feather duster}, a dusting brush of feathers.
    {Feather flower}, an artifical flower made of feathers, for
       ladies' headdresses, and other ornamental purposes.
    {Feather grass} (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Stipa pennata})
       which has a long feathery awn rising from one of the
       chaffy scales which inclose the grain.
    {Feather maker}, one who makes plumes, etc., of feathers,
       real or artificial.
    {Feather ore} (Min.), a sulphide of antimony and lead,
       sometimes found in capillary forms and like a cobweb, but
       also massive. It is a variety of Jamesonite.
    {Feather shot}, or {Feathered shot} (Metal.), copper
       granulated by pouring into cold water. --Raymond.
    {Feather spray} (Naut.), the spray thrown up, like pairs of
       feathers, by the cutwater of a fast-moving vessel.
    {Feather star}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Comatula}.
    {Feather weight}. (Racing)
       (a) Scrupulously exact weight, so that a feather would
           turn the scale, when a jockey is weighed or weighted.
       (b) The lightest weight that can be put on the back of a
           horse in racing. --Youatt.
       (c) In wrestling, boxing, etc., a term applied to the
           lightest of the classes into which contestants are
           divided; -- in contradistinction to {light weight},
           {middle weight}, and {heavy weight}.
    {A feather in the cap} an honour, trophy, or mark of
       distinction. [Colloq.]
    {To be in full feather}, to be in full dress or in one's best
       clothes. [Collog.]
    {To be in high feather}, to be in high spirits. [Collog.]
    {To cut a feather}.
       (a) (Naut.) To make the water foam in moving; in allusion
           to the ripple which a ship throws off from her bows.
       (b) To make one's self conspicuous. [Colloq.]
    {To show the white feather}, to betray cowardice, -- a white
       feather in the tail of a cock being considered an
       indication that he is not of the true game breed.
  2. \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
             An eagle had the ill hap to be struck with an arrow
             feathered from her own wing.          --L'Estrange.
    2. To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
             A few birches and oaks still feathered the narrow
             ravines.                              --Sir W.
    3. To render light as a feather; to give wings to.[R.]
             The Polonian story perhaps may feather some tedions
             hours.                                --Loveday.
    4. To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
             They stuck not to say that the king cared not to
             plume his nobility and people to feather himself.
    5. To tread, as a cock. --Dryden.
    {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.
  3. \Feath"er\, v. i.
    1. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; -- often
       with out; as, the birds are feathering out.
    2. To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about
       in little flakes or ``feathers;'' as, the cream feathers
    3. To turn to a horizontal plane; -- said of oars.
             The feathering oar returns the gleam. --Tickell.
             Stopping his sculls in the air to feather
             accurately.                           --Macmillan's
    4. To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be
       or to appear in feathery form.
             A clump of ancient cedars feathering in evergreen
             beauty down to the ground.            --Warren.
             The ripple feathering from her bows.  --Tennyson.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of feathers floating in the air means a life of ease, comfort, warmth and of financial gains. It may describe your lightheartedness and enjoyment for life. Alternatively, they may represent confusion, hastiness, and lost of dignity. In particular, seeing chicken feathers in your dream means of minor annoyances. Eagle feathers represent the realization of your goals and aspirations. And to see peacock, ostrich, or any other ornamental feathers indicates advancement up the social ladder. You will be met with much success in your future. Dreaming that you are selling or buying feathers, symbolizes frugality and thriftiness.
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