- One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds,
belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down.
- Kind; nature; species; -- from the proverbial phrase,
"Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species.
- The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some
- A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse.
- One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
- 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.
- A thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts
of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone.
- The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float,
with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.
- To furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a
- To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
- To render light as a feather; to give wings to.
- To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
- To tread, as a cock.
- To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; -- often
with out; as, the birds are feathering out.
- To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float
about in little flakes or "feathers;" as, the cream feathers
- To turn to a horizontal plane; -- said of oars.
- To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to
be or to appear in feathery form.