• WordNet 3.6
    • v fledge grow feathers "The young sparrows are fledging already"
    • v fledge decorate with feathers "fledge an arrow"
    • v fledge feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fledge Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly. "His shoulders, fledge with wings."
    • Fledge To furnish or adorn with any soft covering. "Your master, whose chin is not yet fledged ."
    • Fledge To furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers necessary for flight. "The birds were not as yet fledged enough to shift for themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fledge Able to fly: having the wings developed for flight; fledged.
    • fledge To acquire feathers large enough for flight; in general, to acquire full plumage: often with out: as, the young birds have fledged out.
    • fledge To feather or provide with plumage; provide with anything resembling plumage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fledge flej to furnish with feathers or wings
    • v.i Fledge to acquire feathers for flying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flegge, flygge,; akin to D. vlug, G. flügge, flücke, OHG. flucchi, Icel. fleygr, and to E. fly,. √84. See Fly (v. i.)


In literature:

You never suspected that I was a full-fledged Indian warrior, did you, Ben?
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
It was half fledged and half starved, and he brought it home, and gave it to his sister to nurse.
"Harper's Young People, January 27, 1880" by Various
About fifteen years later I again visited Newport, but this time I was a full-fledged young woman.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Wild goose gabble like that don't spring full-fledged out the ground, I know.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
When you are a full-fledged Mameluke, there will be no naqeeb over you to right your wrongs.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Long before they were fully fledged they clambered up to the orifice to receive their food.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
There could no more be a full-fledged Spanish city without a plaza than a cathedral without a bishop.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
He thought afterward that it was like a supernatural revelation, this scheme, that leaped full-fledged into his brain.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
But now the young coveys were full-fledged and strong of wing, well able to care for themselves.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
There was a full-fledged stage and footlights, and the scenery, some one said, was painted by a man from Munich.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill

In poetry:

We wearied of the lagging steed,
The dove had not a quill
To fledge the imaginable speed
Of our wild shaft of will;
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Fledged by strong love, their wingèd speech
Is borne awhile from soul to soul,
Then ever-widening waters roll
And drown their voices each from each.
"Sundered Paths" by Mathilde Blind
In lawns the murmuring bee is heard,
The wooing ring-dove in the shade;
On thy soft breath, the new-fledged bird
Takes wing, half happy, half afraid.
"The West Wind" by William Cullen Bryant
And kindness, like the sun on flowers,
Soon chas'd away thy tender gloom;
New-fledg'd the sable-pinion'd hours,
And wove bright tints in Fancy's loom.
"The Old Man's Farewell" by Matilda Betham
'The old gods pass,' the cry goes round;
'Lo! how their temples strew the ground';
Nor mark we where, on new-fledged wings,
Faith, like the phoenix, soars and sings.
"Faith Reborn" by Richard Le Gallienne
'Tis no mean fortune to have heard
A singer who, if errors blurred
His sight, had yet a spirit stirred
By vast desire,
And ardour fledging the swift word
With plumes of fire.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson

In news:

TEMPLETON — A full-fledged library for Templeton may be a ways off, but you can still check out books if you know where to look.
The chicks are being cared for at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and will be released after they fledge, in about 28 days.
Just so you know, the two eyass Red-tailed Hawks that hatched out on a window ledge outside of the University President's office are ready to fledge.
All 12 tunes sit together comfortably, but converts will want to start with the original versions and die-hards are well overdue for a full-fledged new album.
As much as we enjoyed our opportunity to fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this summer, we were the first to admit our flight was far from a full-fledged test.
The European Union nations agreed Thursday on the groundwork for a full-fledged banking union.
That is a key component of what many hope will eventually become a full-fledged banking union - a single rulebook for all banks and coordinated plans for helping lenders in trouble.
He got hooked on bluebirds as a high school student and says that throughout the years he has personally "fledged" some 12,000 bluebirds from his numerous boxes.
Now he'll be in charge of building the New York Cosmos, with the fledging team naming him Chief Operating Officer today.
The person would have training between a hygenist and a full-fledged dentist .
They have elements of the disease and are likely to develop full-fledged diabetes within 10 years without intervention.
But migrants argue that fully fledged representatives defend the diaspora 's interests better.
Bella (Kristen Stewart), new bride of vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), has become a full-fledged vampire instead of a groupie.
Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA (DETNOR) outgoing Chief Executive Officer Erik Haugane said the shares will double by 2015 as reserve estimates are set for the Johan Sverdup oilfield and the company becomes a full-fledged producer.
Rob Thomas is appearing on The Voice this season as a mentor to Cee Lo Green's team, but the Matchbox Twenty frontman says that he turned down a chance to be a full-fledged Voice coach, because it seemed like way too much work.

In science:

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Blood was sampled in hens over at least 13 post-hatching weeks and the behaviour of the hens and the ducklings was recorded daily until fledging.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
To check this hypothesis, we performed here the first detailed study of parental care behaviours in mallard females during the rearing of ducklings, from hatching to fledging, in relation to the hormonal status of the females over the same period.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Behavioural monitoring was carried out over 9 weeks, until ducklings fledged (Gollop and Marshall, 1954).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
This probably means that self-maintenance behaviours will vary through the rearing period, being less frequent in the first weeks after hatching and more frequent close to fledging.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird