from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English billiards, a delicate touch by which the cue-ball is pushed from balk past the first object-ball and into pocket, moving the object-ball only slightly. Also called quill-stroke. It has long been abolished among experts.
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It stood open now, perhaps betraying the first feather-stroke of Dean's vengeance campaign.
Still, the essence of Fonseca's music is the elegant interplay between feather-stroke singing and deeply rhythmic guitar playing -- the same combination that made Joao Gilberto sound so revolutionary in the late 50s.
Bassist Roger Arntzen and drummer Paal Hausken usually deploy a feather-stroke pulse that shapes and supports the tissue of the music like a delicate armature, but they can also apply some muscle when it's called for.
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