American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather. Also called calamus.
- n. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
- n. A writing pen made from the shaft of a feather.
- n. Music A plectrum for a stringed instrument of the clavichord type.
- n. Music A pipe having a hollow stem.
- n. A toothpick made from the stem of a feather.
- n. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
- n. A spindle or bobbin around which yarn is wound in weaving.
- n. A hollow shaft that rotates on a solid shaft when gears are engaged.
- v. To wind (thread or yarn) onto a quill.
- v. To make or press small ridges in (fabric).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stalk of a cane or reed.
- n. A cane or reed pipe, such as those used in Pan's pipes.
- n. One of the large, strong feathers of geese, swans, turkeys, crows, etc., used for writing-pens and the like.
- n. A quill pen; hence, by extension, any pen, especially considered as the characteristic instrument of a writer.
- n. One of the comparatively large flight-feathers or remiges of any bird, without reference to the use of such feathers for making quill pens; a quill-feather: as, the quills and coverts of the wing; sometimes extended to include the similar feathers of the tail.
- n. The hard, hollow, horny part of the scape of any feather, which does not bear barbs, and by which the feather is inserted in the skin; the calamus, as distinguished from the rachis.
- n. One of the much enlarged and peculiarly modified hairs with which some animals, as porcupines, are provided; a large hollow spine.
- n. A piece of small reed or other light slender tube, used by weavers to wind thread upon, and by manufacturers to hold the wound silk and other thread prepared for sale.
- n. A plectrum of quill, as of a goose, for playing on musical instruments of the lute and zither families.
- n. In the harpsichord, spinet, and virginal, a small piece of quill projecting from the jack of each key (digital), and so set that when the key was depressed the corresponding string was twitched or twanged by it. Various other materials were used instead of quills.
- n. In seal-engraving, the hollow shaft or mandril of the seal-engravers' lathe, in which the cutting-tools are secured to be revolved while the stones are held against them.
- n. In mining, a train for igniting a blast, consisting of a quill filled with slow-burning powder: it is now superseded by the safety-fuse.
- n. The faucet of a barrel.
- n. In pharmacy, bark in a roll, such as is often formed in drying, as of cinnamon or cinchona.
- To pluck out quills from.
- To tap, as a barrel of liquor.
- To wind thread or yarn on quills for the loom.
- n. A fold of a plaited or fluted ruff or ruffle.
- To flute; form with small rounded ridges.
- n. In machinery, a hollow shaft: a cylinder; a pipe; specifically, in a turbine, the hollow shaft which carries the revolving blades or blade-wheels.
- To insert or adjust the quills of (a harpsichord or spiuet).
- n. The lower shaft of a feather, specifically the region lacking barbs.
- n. A pen made from a feather.
- n. A sharply pointed, barbed, and easily detached needle-like structure that grows on the skin of a porcupine or hedgehog as a defense against predators.
- n. A thin piece of bark, especially of cinnamon or cinchona, curled up into a tube.
- v. To pierce or be pierced with quills.
- v. figuratively To write.
- v. To form fabric into small, rounded folds.
- v. To decorate with quillwork.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather.
- n. A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
- n. The pen of a squid. See Pen.
- n. The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.
- n. The tube of a musical instrument.
- n. Something having the form of quill.
- n. The fold or plain of a ruff.
- n. (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.
- n. (Mach.) A hollow spindle.
- n. (Pharm.) A roll of dried bark.
- v. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings.
- v. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn.
- n. the hollow spine of a feather
- n. pen made from a bird's feather
- n. any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
- n. a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
- Middle English quil. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Elayne knew she shouldn’t have tried to substitute a chicken feather for the quill from a magical hoopoe bird.”
“For the next several moments, the retreating howl of the wind and the scratch of her quill were the only noises in the room.”
“Crossed quills (quill feather pens) would be a Yeoman (clerical job), and a book with a quill is a Personnelman (also clerical).”
“Now, it must be here understood, that ink is the great missive weapon in all battles of the learned, which, conveyed through a sort of engine called a quill, infinite numbers of these are darted at the enemy by the valiant on each side, with equal skill and violence, as if it were an engagement of porcupines.”
“Then we knights of the quill are a stiff-necked generation, who as seldom care to seem to doubt the worth of our writings, and their being liked, as we love to flatter more than one at a time; and had rather draw our pens, and stand up for the beauty of our works (as some arrant fools use to do for that of their mistresses) to the last drop of our ink.”
“Lastly, his dress is plain, without singularity, -- with no other ornament than the quill, which is the badge of his function, stuck behind the dexter ear, and this rather for convenience of having it at hand, when he hath been called away from his desk, and expecteth to resume his seat there again shortly, than from any delight which he taketh in foppery or ostentation.”
“Consequently an instrument was made for that purpose, known as the quill-pen cutter.”
“Quill-pen making was an important industry until the invention of the steel pen, and the quality of the quill was a matter of importance to the scribe.”
“Instantly I was on my feet, Uncle Kit showed me the direction to go, loaned me his turkey-call quill, which, by the way, he had been teaching me how to use as we rode the day before.”
“That, however, taken from the thinner branches is allowed to retain its form, and is known as quill bark -- called by the natives _canuto_; that from the solid trunk is called _tabla_ or _plancha_.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘quill’.
Coal mining has engendered fascinating subcultures in industry, labor, music, folklore, environment and energy. It has a rich vocabulary as well, and I've encountered some gorgeous mining words. I...
Ever get stuck with the random bunch of letters and a q and not know any words? Well, maybe this will help.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
This is not an Aubrey/Maturin list.
This is not an Aubrey/Maturin list.
This is not an Aubrey/Maturin list.
There. I think I've convinced myself.
revising for a competition 30 games
in 24 hours
5-Letter words with J, X, Q or Z
ADDAX ADMIX AFFIX ANNEX ATAXY AUXIN AXELS AXIAL AXILE AXILS A...
Words with definitions that have a "hence" in them.
Objects like needles and spines whose tips are drawn to a fine point.
Vendors can get oddly creative.
Words used to create the names of Pokémon, which are usually portmanteaux.
words that pique my interest either by meaning, pronunciation, or spelling, and words that otherwise tickle my fancy!!
Words that have been used as baby names, including virtue names, nature names, place names, etc.
The title is an actual name given to a Puritan boy in the 17th century.
Looking for tweets for quill.