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quill

 (kwĭl)
n.
1. The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather. Also called calamus.
2. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
3. A writing pen made from the shaft of a feather.
4. Music
a. A plectrum for a stringed instrument of the clavichord type.
b. A pipe having a hollow stem.
5. A toothpick made from the stem of a feather.
6. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
7. A spindle or bobbin around which yarn is wound in weaving.
8. A hollow shaft that rotates on a solid shaft when gears are engaged.
v. quilled, quill·ing, quills
v.tr.
1. To wind (thread or yarn) onto a quill.
2. To make or press small ridges in (fabric).
v.intr.
To practice the art or craft of quilling.

[Middle English quil.]

quill

(kwɪl)
n
1. (Zoology)
a. any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
b. the long hollow central part of a bird's feather; calamus
2. a bird's feather made into a pen for writing
3. (Zoology) any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
4. (Music, other) a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
5. (Angling) angling a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
6. (Botany) a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
7. (Textiles) (in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
8. (Clothing & Fashion) a fluted fold, as in a ruff
9. (Mechanical Engineering) a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
vb (tr)
10. (Textiles) to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
11. (Clothing & Fashion) to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)
[C15 (in the sense: hollow reed or pipe): of uncertain origin; compare Middle Low German quiele quill]

quill

(kwɪl)

n.
1. one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
2. the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
3. a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
4. one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
5. a plectrum of a harpsichord.
6. a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
7. a reed, spindle, or tube upon which filling yarn is wound for weaving.
8. Mach. a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
v.t.
9. to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges.
10. to wind on a quill, as yarn.
11. to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
12. to extract a quill or quills from.
[1375–1425; late Middle English quil; compare Low German quiele, German Kiel]
quill′-like`, adj.

quill

(kwĭl)
The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.

quill

- The whistle of a steam engine.
See also related terms for whistle.

Quill

 a roll of something resembling the shape of a quill; used in the phrase in a quill, i.e., in a body, in combination, or in concert.
Examples: quill of dried bark, 1797; of cinnamon leaves; of females, 1690; of ropes, 1588.

quill


Past participle: quilled
Gerund: quilling

Imperative
quill
quill
Present
I quill
you quill
he/she/it quills
we quill
you quill
they quill
Preterite
I quilled
you quilled
he/she/it quilled
we quilled
you quilled
they quilled
Present Continuous
I am quilling
you are quilling
he/she/it is quilling
we are quilling
you are quilling
they are quilling
Present Perfect
I have quilled
you have quilled
he/she/it has quilled
we have quilled
you have quilled
they have quilled
Past Continuous
I was quilling
you were quilling
he/she/it was quilling
we were quilling
you were quilling
they were quilling
Past Perfect
I had quilled
you had quilled
he/she/it had quilled
we had quilled
you had quilled
they had quilled
Future
I will quill
you will quill
he/she/it will quill
we will quill
you will quill
they will quill
Future Perfect
I will have quilled
you will have quilled
he/she/it will have quilled
we will have quilled
you will have quilled
they will have quilled
Future Continuous
I will be quilling
you will be quilling
he/she/it will be quilling
we will be quilling
you will be quilling
they will be quilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been quilling
you have been quilling
he/she/it has been quilling
we have been quilling
you have been quilling
they have been quilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been quilling
you will have been quilling
he/she/it will have been quilling
we will have been quilling
you will have been quilling
they will have been quilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been quilling
you had been quilling
he/she/it had been quilling
we had been quilling
you had been quilling
they had been quilling
Conditional
I would quill
you would quill
he/she/it would quill
we would quill
you would quill
they would quill
Past Conditional
I would have quilled
you would have quilled
he/she/it would have quilled
we would have quilled
you would have quilled
they would have quilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quill - pen made from a bird's featherquill - pen made from a bird's feather  
pen - a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
2.quill - a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus, hedgehog - small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
spine - a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin
hedgehog, porcupine - relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur
3.quill - any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a birdquill - any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
primary feather, primary quill, primary - one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
tail feather - feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird
4.quill - the hollow spine of a feather
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
rib - a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
Translations
ريشَة طائِرشَوْكَةٌ من أشْواك القُنْفُذ الحادَّه
brkosten
fjerpenpig
tollszártüske
broddurfjöîurstafur
adatazoss spalva rakstīšanai
brko
dikeniri ve sert tüy

quill

[kwɪl]
A. N (= feather) → pluma f de ave; (= part of feather) → cañón m de pluma; [of porcupine, hedgehog] → púa f; (= pen) → pluma f (de ganso); (= bobbin) → canilla f
B. CPD quill pen Npluma f (de ganso)

quill

[ˈkwɪl] nplume f (d'oie)

quill

n
(= feather)Feder f; (= feather stem)Federkiel m
(also quill-pen)Federkiel m, → Feder f
(of porcupine)Stachel m

quill

[kwɪl] n (feather) → penna; (pen) → penna d'oca; (of porcupine) → aculeo

quill

(kwil) noun
1. a large feather, especially the feather of a goose, made into a pen.
2. one of the sharp spines of certain animals (eg the porcupine).
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Their quill feathers are not soft like those of other owls, so they make a swishing sound as they fly.