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feath·er

 (fĕth′ər)
n.
1. One of the light, flat growths forming the plumage of birds, consisting of numerous slender, closely arranged parallel barbs forming a vane on either side of a horny, tapering, partly hollow shaft.
2. A feathery tuft or fringe of hair, as on the legs or tail of some dogs.
3. Character, kind, or nature: Birds of a feather flock together.
4.
a. A strip, wedge, or flange used as a strengthening part.
b. A wedge or key that fits into a groove to make a joint.
5. The vane of an arrow.
6. A feather-shaped flaw, as in a precious stone.
7. The wake made by a submarine's periscope.
8. The act of feathering the blade of an oar in rowing.
v. feath·ered, feath·er·ing, feath·ers
v.tr.
1. To cover, dress, or decorate with feathers or featherlike projections.
2. To fit (an arrow) with a feather.
3.
a. To thin, reduce, or fringe the edge of (wood, for example) by cutting, shaving, or making thinner.
b. To spread (paint, for example) thinly at the edges so as to blend with the surrounding area.
c. To shorten and taper (hair) by cutting and thinning.
d. To blur or soften the edge of (an image).
4. To apply (a brake, throttle, or other control) gently or slightly and steadily.
5. To turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal as it is carried back after each stroke.
6.
a. To alter the pitch of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are parallel with the line of flight.
b. To alter the pitch of (the rotor of a helicopter) while in forward flight.
7. To turn off (an aircraft engine) while in flight.
v.intr.
1. To grow feathers or become feathered.
2. To move, spread, or grow in a manner suggestive of feathers: "Steam feathered out from under the bathroom door" (Melinda Hayes).
3. To become thin or less dense at the edges: "That lipstick had feathered out in the corners of her mouth" (Erin McCarthy).
4. To feather an oar.
5. To feather a propeller.
Idioms:
feather in (one's) cap
An act or deed to one's credit; a distinctive achievement.
feather (one's) nest
To grow wealthy by taking advantage of one's position or by making use of property or funds left in one's trust.
in fine/good/high feather
In excellent form, health, or humor.

[Middle English fether, from Old English; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

feather

(ˈfɛðə)
n
1. (Zoology) any of the flat light waterproof epidermal structures forming the plumage of birds, each consisting of a hollow shaft having a vane of barbs on either side. They are essential for flight and help maintain body temperature
2. something resembling a feather, such as a tuft of hair or grass
3. (Archery) archery
a. a bird's feather or artificial substitute fitted to an arrow to direct its flight
b. the feathered end of an arrow, opposite the head
4. (Building) a strip, spline, or tongue of wood fitted into a groove
5. (Nautical Terms) the wake created on the surface of the water by the raised periscope of a submarine
6. (Rowing) rowing the position of an oar turned parallel to the water between strokes. Compare square8
7. (Dancing) a step in ballroom dancing in which a couple maintain the conventional hold but dance side by side
8. condition of spirits; fettle: in fine feather.
9. something of negligible value; jot: I don't care a feather.
10. birds of a feather people of the same type, character, or interests
11. feather in one's cap a cause for pleasure at one's achievements: your promotion is a feather in your cap.
12. not take a feather out of someone not knock a feather out of someone Irish to fail to upset or injure someone: it didn't take a feather out of him.
vb
13. (tr) to fit, cover, or supply with feathers
14. (tr) to touch lightly
15. (Rowing) rowing to turn (an oar) parallel to the water during recovery between strokes, principally in order to lessen wind resistance. Compare square41
16. (Rowing) (in canoeing) to turn (a paddle) parallel to the direction of the canoe between strokes, while keeping it in the water, principally in order to move silently
17. (Aeronautics) to change the pitch of (an aircraft propeller) so that the chord lines of the blades are in line with the airflow
18. (Building) (tr) to join (two boards) by means of a tongue-and-groove joint
19. (Zoology) (intr) (of a bird) to grow feathers
20. (intr) to move or grow like feathers
21. feather one's nest to provide oneself with comforts, esp financial
[Old English fether; related to Old Frisian fethere, Old Norse fjöthr feather, Old High German fedara wing, Greek petesthai to fly, Sanskrit patati he flies]
ˈfeatherless adj
ˈfeather-ˌlike adj
ˈfeathery adj

feath•er

(ˈfɛð ər)

n.
1. 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; character; nature: two boys of the same feather.
3. condition, as of health, spirits, etc.
4. something like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair.
5. something very light, small, or trivial.
6. one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart, for stabilization in flight.
7. a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards.
8. a featherlike flaw, esp. in a precious stone.
9. Archaic. attire (def. 2).
10. Obs. plumage.
v.t.
11. to provide with feathers, as an arrow.
12. to clothe or cover with or as if with feathers.
13. to turn (an oar) after a stroke so that the blade becomes nearly horizontal, and hold it thus as it is moved back into position for the next stroke.
14.
a. to change the blade angle of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are approximately parallel to the line of flight.
b. to turn off (an aircraft engine) while in flight.
v.i.
15. to grow feathers.
16. to be or become feathery in appearance.
17. to feather an oar.
Idioms:
1. a feather in one's cap, a praiseworthy achievement; honor.
2. feather one's nest, to enrich oneself by exploiting one's favorable or privileged position.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English fether]
feath′er•less, adj.
feath′er•like`, adj.

feath·er

(fĕth′ər)
One of the light, flat structures that cover the skin of birds. A feather has a narrow, hollow shaft bearing flat vanes formed of many parallel barbs. The barbs of outer feathers are formed of even smaller structures (called barbules) that interlock. The barbs of down feathers do not interlock.

feather


Past participle: feathered
Gerund: feathering

Imperative
feather
feather
Present
I feather
you feather
he/she/it feathers
we feather
you feather
they feather
Preterite
I feathered
you feathered
he/she/it feathered
we feathered
you feathered
they feathered
Present Continuous
I am feathering
you are feathering
he/she/it is feathering
we are feathering
you are feathering
they are feathering
Present Perfect
I have feathered
you have feathered
he/she/it has feathered
we have feathered
you have feathered
they have feathered
Past Continuous
I was feathering
you were feathering
he/she/it was feathering
we were feathering
you were feathering
they were feathering
Past Perfect
I had feathered
you had feathered
he/she/it had feathered
we had feathered
you had feathered
they had feathered
Future
I will feather
you will feather
he/she/it will feather
we will feather
you will feather
they will feather
Future Perfect
I will have feathered
you will have feathered
he/she/it will have feathered
we will have feathered
you will have feathered
they will have feathered
Future Continuous
I will be feathering
you will be feathering
he/she/it will be feathering
we will be feathering
you will be feathering
they will be feathering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been feathering
you have been feathering
he/she/it has been feathering
we have been feathering
you have been feathering
they have been feathering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been feathering
you will have been feathering
he/she/it will have been feathering
we will have been feathering
you will have been feathering
they will have been feathering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been feathering
you had been feathering
he/she/it had been feathering
we had been feathering
you had been feathering
they had been feathering
Conditional
I would feather
you would feather
he/she/it would feather
we would feather
you would feather
they would feather
Past Conditional
I would have feathered
you would have feathered
he/she/it would have feathered
we would have feathered
you would have feathered
they would have feathered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feather - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birdsfeather - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
down, down feather - soft fine feathers
aftershaft - a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
contour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
bastard wing, spurious wing, alula - tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird's wing
marabou - the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
web, vane - the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
hackle - long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
quill, calamus, shaft - the hollow spine of a feather
flight feather, quill feather, pinion, quill - any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
scapular - a feather covering the shoulder of a bird
body covering - any covering for the body or a body part
ceratin, keratin - a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair, feathers, nails, and hooves
animal material - material derived from animals
melanin - insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers
2.feather - turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"
rowing, row - the act of rowing as a sport
Verb1.feather - join tongue and groove, in carpentry
conjoin, join - make contact or come together; "The two roads join here"
2.feather - cover or fit with feathers
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
3.feather - turn the paddle; in canoeing
paddle - propel with a paddle; "paddle your own canoe"
4.feather - turn the oar, while rowing
row - propel with oars; "row the boat across the lake"
5.feather - grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already"
acquire, develop, produce, grow, get - come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"

feather

noun
1. plume a purple hat with a green feather
plural noun
1. plumage, plumes, down black ostrich feathers
a feather in your cap achievement, success, accomplishment It was a feather in his cap to be at a good college.
Related words
fear pteronophobia

feather

noun
A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Informal: persuasion.
Translations
رِيشَةريشَهيُزَيِّن بِالرّيش، يَكْسو بِالرّيش
peropérovystlat/ozdobit peřím
fjerfjerbeklæde
höyhensulka
pero
tolltollal bélel
búa fjöîrumfjöðurfjöîur
깃털
pluma
kieno nors pasididžiavimaskloti plunksnomiskrautis turtuslengvas kaip plunksnelėpapuoštas plunksnomis
spalvaizrotāt/izklāt ar spalvām
fulgpană
vystlať perím
peroperje
fjäder
ขนนก
tüytüy kaplamak
lông vũ

feather

[ˈfeðəʳ]
A. Npluma f
in fine feather (o.f.) → de excelente humor
that is a feather in his capes un tanto que se apunta
you could have knocked me down with a featherme quedé de piedra
as light as a feather(tan) ligero como una pluma
see also white C
B. VT
1.emplumar
to feather one's nesthacer su agosto
2. (Rowing) [+ oar] → volver horizontal
C. CPD [mattress, pillow] → de plumas
feather bed Ncolchón m de pluma(s)
feather duster Nplumero m

feather

[ˈfɛðər]
nplume f
ostrich feather → plume f d'autruche
tail feather → plume f rectrice
as light as a feather → léger comme une plume
a feather in sb's cap (= something to be proud of) → un bon point pour qn
see also bird, ruffle
vt
to feather one's nest (fig)faire sa pelote
modif [bed, pillow] → de plumesfeather boa n
see boafeather duster nplumeau m

feather

nFeder f; feathers (= plumage)Gefieder nt; feather headdressKopfschmuck maus Federn; as light as a featherfederleicht; that’s a feather in his capdas ist ein Ruhmesblatt ntfür ihn; you could have knocked me down with a feather (inf)ich war wie vom Donner gerührt; that’ll make the feathers flydas wird die Gemüter bewegen; they are birds of a feathersie sind vom gleichen Schlag; birds of a feather stick or flock together (Prov) → Gleich und Gleich gesellt sich gern (Prov) ? white feather
vt
arrow etcmit Federn versehen; to feather one’s nest (fig)sein Schäfchen ins Trockene bringen
(Aviat) propellerauf Segelstellung bringen
(Rowing) oarflach drehen
vi (Rowing) → das Ruderblatt flach drehen

feather

:
feather bed
featherbed
vt (fig) personverhätscheln; (Ind, with grants) → verhätscheln; (by overmanning) → unnötige Arbeitskräfte zugestehen (+dat)
featherbedding
n (fig)Hätscheln nt; (with subsidies) → unnötige Subventionierung
featherbrain
nSpatzenhirn nt
featherbrained
adjdümmlich
feather cut
n (= hairstyle)Stufenschnitt m
feather duster
nStaubwedel m

feather

[ˈfɛðəʳ]
1. npenna, piuma
as light as a feather → leggero/a come una piuma
that is a feather in his cap → è un fiore all'occhiello per lui
you could have knocked me down with a feather (fam) → avresti potuto farmi cadere con un soffio
2. vt to feather one's nest (fig) → arricchirsi
3. adj (mattress, bed, pillow) → di piuma

feather

(ˈfeðə) noun
one of the things that grow from a bird's skin that form the covering of its body. They cleaned the oil off the seagull's feathers.
verb
to line, cover or decorate with feathers. The eagle feathers its nest with down from its own breast.
ˈfeathered adjective
ˈfeathery adjective
1. of, like, or covered in, a feather or feathers. a feathery hat.
2. soft and light. a feathery touch.
a feather in one's cap
something one can be proud of. Winning the race was quite a feather in his cap.
feather one's (own) nest
to gain money for oneself or to make oneself rich while serving others in a position of trust. All the time he has been a member of that committee he has been feathering his own nest.

feather

رِيشَة pero fjer Feder πούπουλο pluma höyhen plume pero piuma 깃털 veer fjær pióro pena перо fjäder ขนนก tüy lông vũ 羽毛

feather

n. pluma.
References in classic literature ?
Now, let me see, there's my new gray walking suit, just curl up the feather in my hat, Beth, then my poplin for Sunday and the small party, it looks heavy for spring, doesn't it?
If he can find the buried city, and get the idol of gold, it would be a big feather in his cap.
Edna was sitting on the tabouret, idly brushing the tips of a feather duster along the carpet when he came in again.
repeated Hawkeye, with singular and ill-concealed disdain; "do you take me for a whimpering boy at the apronstring of one of your old gals; and this good rifle on my knee for the feather of a goose's wing, my ox's horn for a bottle of ink, and my leathern pouch for a cross-barred handkercher to carry my dinner?
He wore a dark feather in his hat, a border of embroidery on his cloak, and a black velvet tunic beneath -- a gentleman advanced in years, with a hard experience written in his wrinkles.
He withdrew it from his hatband, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.
Why, you King-Post, you, I suppose you would have every man in the world go about with a small lightning-rod running up the corner of his hat, like a militia officer's skewered feather, and trailing behind like his sash.
Feather your nest," it ran--and went on to say that it could furnish all the necessary feathers for a four-room nest for the ludicrously small sum of seventy-five dollars.
They say they got it out of the Middle Ages - out of a book - and it is all red and blue and white silks and satins and velvets; tights, trunks, sword, doublet with slashed sleeves, short cape, cap with just one feather in it; I've heard them name these things; they got them out of the book; she's dressed like a page, of old times, they say.
Now came some more chamber-maids and retouched the sidewalk, and afterward wiped the marble steps with damp cloths and finished by dusting them off with feather brushes.
I felt easy and happy and light as a feather right off.
To which Tom responded with jeers, and started off in high feather, and as soon as his back was turned the new boy snatched up a stone, threw it and hit him be- tween the shoulders and then turned tail and ran like an antelope.