quill

n.

  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.
  3. A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
  4. The pen of a squid. See Pen.
  5. The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.
  6. The tube of a musical instrument.
  7. Something having the form of a quill
  8. The fold or plain of a ruff.
  9. A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.
  10. A hollow spindle.

v. t.

  1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.
  2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn.