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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).
References in classic literature ?
An open despatch-box stood on the writing-table near a few oblong sheets of paper and a scattered handful of quill pens.
I took out first a loose bundle of ornamental cards, each containing the list of dishes at past banquets given or attended by the Major in London or Paris; next, a box full of delicately tinted quill pens (evidently a lady's gift); next, a quantity of old invitation cards; next, some dog's-eared French plays and books of the opera; next, a pocket-corkscrew, a bundle of cigarettes, and a bunch of rusty keys; lastly, a passport, a set of luggage labels, a broken silver snuff-box, two cigar-cases, and a torn map of Rome.
There was no sound for a moment but the scratching of Sir Alfred's quill pen across the paper.
He used this pen," and she lifted a quill pen and laid it down again.
But I was then deeply absorbed in my letters, and I write with a heavy hand and a quill pen, scraping and scratching noisily over the paper.
He writes with a very noisy quill pen which seems to be screeching scorn at all who disagree with him.
Put the same feather with an ink-bottle, a book and a stack of writing-paper, and most men will swear they've seen a quill pen.
I was officially introduced to the debate at the height of the squabble; and found myself one of a large party in a small room, sitting round a long table, each man of us with a new pewter inkstand, a new quill pen, and a clean sheet of foolscap paper before him.
I rejoice, however, to perceive that he wrote with a broad-pointed quill pen, and I can hardly doubt that we will find some impression upon this blotting-pad.
As quill pens were overtaken by steel pens, it was John Mitchell, in Newhall Street, who was the first to pioneer their mass production in the early 19th century.
The day will be filled with activities for all ages, including Civil War code breaking, writing with quill pens, 17th-century games and drumming practice.
The death of both quill pens and the inkwell followed shortly after the appearance of the fountain pen, first mass-produced by Waterman in 1884, but inkwells have a history stretching much further back.