• WordNet 3.6
    • n feathering turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Child Finds the Feather Dress The Child Finds the Feather Dress
Fine feathers make fine birds Fine feathers make fine birds
partridge feathers partridge feathers
Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself
A crinoid or feather-star A crinoid or feather-star

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some birds have been know to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites
    • Feathering A covering of feathers.
    • Feathering (Arch) Same as Foliation.
    • Feathering The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather v. t.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed
    • n feathering Plumage.
    • n feathering The adjustment of feathers to an arrow, whether shaft or bolt. See arrow, vireton.
    • n feathering In architecture, an arrangement of small arcs or foils separated by projecting points or cusps, used as ornaments in the molding of arches, etc., in pointed medieval architecture; foliation. See cusp.
    • n feathering Same as feather, 2 .
    • n feathering In the aquatint process, the application of strong acid to the plate, to bite in dark touches. See aquatint.
    • n feathering In violin-playing, a very light and delicate use of the bow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle
    • Feathering plumage: the fitting of feathers to arrows:
    • Feathering (archit.) an arrangement of small arcs or foils separated by projecting cusps, frequently forming the feather-like ornament on the inner mouldings of arches
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.”
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!”
  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.”
  • Plato
    “Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.”
  • Proverb
    “Birds of a feather flock together.”


Birds of a feather flock together - This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
Feather in your cap - A success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
Feather your own nest - If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
Feather-brained - Som eone who's feather-brained is silly, empty-headed and not serious.
Feathers fly - When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
Get your feathers in a bunch - If you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
Ruffle a few feathers - If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.
White feather - If someone shows a white feather, they are cowards.
You could have knocked me down with a feather - This idiom is used to mean that the person was very shocked or surprised.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.


In literature:

There we saw them sitting on the branches, cleaning their feathers.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The value of the feathers plucked yearly from each full-grown bird is from thirty dollars to forty dollars.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
You want to marry my son, the King of Love; then take these six mattresses, and go and fill them with birds' feathers!
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Pendent feather ornaments on a vase 690 274.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Each of its feathers has a black shaft; it is these dark shafts that give the bird its streaked appearance.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
She sat up straight, half-startled, and she seemed in a well of fluffy feathers.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They are under the lead of the desperate Red Feather, and will spare nothing.
"The Story of Red Feather" by Edward S. (Edward Sylvester) Ellis
Don't you burn feathers under their nose?
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Of the feathered tribes, the larger number of individuals, as might be supposed, are common to the northern portions of the three continents.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The wings and the feathers fell from him and she saw her captor as a terrible Giant.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The chiefs sometimes wore the tail feathers of birds stuck upright in their hair.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
Is there any indication of feathers on the swallows?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
And as for shedding tears, I couldn't weep for you even if you lost all your tail-feathers, Mr.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
She wished them to admire the snowy whiteness of her feathers.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
The six-foot ashen shaft was strung with eagle feathers.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
In spaniels, feathered sterns and long ears are much admired, but obviously the latter must suffer in thick underwood.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Stooping his tall head till its feathered crest swept the floor he entered the spacious lodge.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
The soft body feathers as plucked are thrown into the feather box, the coarser feathers being thrown on the floor.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
It was as though a little electric feather were being drawn softly along her hair.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Black Feather is chief of the gang.
"A Little Girl in Old St. Louis" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

The old man babbled of old regrets,
Alack! how much he owed:
But the young heir was not a feather of debts
His heart withal to load!
"The New Year" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Yet, welcomer than regal plumes,
Which Western trappers find,
Thy free and pleasant thoughts, chance sown,
Like feathers on the wind.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One bird, anguish stricken, lingers
In the shadow of the vale,
First and best of feathered singers,--
'Tis the churchyard nightingale.
"The Cemetery Nightingale" by Morris Rosenfeld
"The needy bird came fluttering,
Came muttering,
And sadly sang,
'Look here, look here, thou wealthy bird,
How loose my feathers hang.'
"The Death-Raven (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow
Cecilia feeling now no pains,
Leans o'er the boat's advancing end;
And aided by her lord reclaims,
The present of her feather'd friend.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
But we can find you a three-quid short
The Lady lodger's out
It makes you think what the Parson knows
When the feathers are lying about.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett

In news:

It's a no-brainer to plant knip -boom, highly feathered trees, says tree fruit grower Jim Swindeman.
Nicki Minaj has a party with colorful feathered showgirls in Trinidad and Tobago in the festive music video for Pound the Alarm.
Injury-prone Awesome Feather puts perfect record on line in Ladies' Classic.
Lese Corrigan's new solo show has a feathered focus.
The eyes belong to wildlife with hundreds of intricate feathers, colored plumage.
Katy Perry showed off her plumage in a blue Matthew Williamson for H&M peacock inspired, feather print dress.
We hardly recognized her without the rhinestones or feathers.
The Herald's Mike Benbow shows you how to make an effective lure using bright pink marabou feathers, the favorite color of the humpy salmon.
Charm (and feathers) to burn: Tracy Shayne in Behrman's Biography.
NEW YORK—Oliver Stone has never been shy about ruffling feathers with his take on real-life events.
Oliver Stone has never been shy about ruffling feathers with his take real-life events.
Oliver Stone has never been shy about ruffling feathers with his take on real-life events.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime.
Will allow Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, despite law against that.

In science:

When the subject moved, the feather inscribed a trajectory on the sheet.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Three scores were distinguished: no moult, body moult (feathers along side and flanks), moult of wing feathers.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Moulting of wing feathers started between mid-July and early September and well after parental care behaviour had ended. Body mass of females did not change over post-hatching time (F8,46 = 1.40, p = 0.19).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Conversely, the intense moult of flight feathers was always initiated after the disruption of the parental care period.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Feathers discusses pro and contras of possible test code localization: the whole test suite may be gathered in a common location, test cases may be stored per component, but may as well reside among production code .
Exploring the Composition of Unit Test Suites
Birds of a feather: Homophily in social networks.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
Thus, in principle, the best way to gain assurance in the security of a cryptographic application is to analyze it as a single unit, bones and feathers included.
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited
The main feather of our results is that we need not put uniqueness restriction on the steady state.
Positive solutions of Robin problem for semilinear elliptic equations and a threshold result
Birds of a feather: Homophily in social networks.
Being Rational or Aggressive? A Revisit to Dunbar's Number in Online Social Networks
For example, the defeater ¬ has-intact-flight-feathers ¬flies might be used to prevent a proof of flies from {bird } ⇒ flies , but it cannot be used to directly prove ¬flies .
Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming under the well-founded semantics
Its left wing is the path extending from rootL (a) to its left wingtip; its right wing is defined analogously. A non-wingtip leaf v ∈ T|a is a left feather if it is the rightmost descendant of some u in T|a (possibly u = v), which is a child of a left wing node in T|a ; right feathers are defined symmetrical ly.
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
The term feather also refers to the occurrence of a ∈ B(v) in S if v is a feather of T|a .
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
Lemma 2.6 reveals the connection between feathers and nested symbols.
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
If the fol lowing criteria are satisfied then a and b are nested in B(v). i. v is not a wingtip in either T|a or T|b . ii. v is not a feather in either T|a or T|b . iii. v is either a left node or right node in both T|a and T|b .
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
If this were not true then it follows from (v) that v would be a feather in T|b , contradicting (ii).
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences