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Meaning of QUILL

Pronunciation:  kwil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
  2. [n]  the hollow shaft of a feather
  3. [n]  any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
  4. [n]  pen made from a bird's feather

QUILL is a 5 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: calamus, flight feather, pinion, quill feather, quill pen, shaft
 See Also: Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus, feather, hedgehog, pen, plumage, plume, porcupine, primary, primary feather, primary quill, rib, spine, tail feather, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Quill\, n. (Pharm.)
    A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.
  2. \Quill\, n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see
    {Kayless}); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and Ir.
    cuille a quill.]
    1. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the
       rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather.
    2. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the
       point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the
       proper subject of his quill. --Sir H. Wotton.
    3. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
       (b) The pen of a squid. See {Pen}.
    4. (Mus.)
       (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings
           of certain instruments.
       (b) The tube of a musical instrument.
                 He touched the tender stops of various quills.
    5. Something having the form of a quill; as:
       (a) The fold or plain of a ruff.
       (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood,
           upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a
       (c) (Mach.) A hollow spindle.
    {Quill bit}, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed
       split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a
    {Quill driver}, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk.
    {Quill nib}, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder.
  3. \Quill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quilled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings;
       as, to quill a ruffle.
             His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff. --Goldsmith.
    2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. --Judd.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing quills in your dream indicates success, social status, sophistication and prestige. For a woman to dream that she is putting a quill on her hat means that she will attempt many conquests, with her success depending on her charm.