feathering

Definitions

  • TARRED AND FEATHERED FOR PAYING RENT
    TARRED AND FEATHERED FOR PAYING RENT
  • 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
TARRING AND FEATHERING CARTOON TARRING AND FEATHERING CARTOON

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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Quotations

  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “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
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    “Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Idioms

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

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

Usage

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
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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.
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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
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