from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The thin, new growth around the edge of a shell, of an oyster.
  • n. Any thin, as on a board or a razor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut away to a thin or beveled edge; produce a feather-edge upon, as on leather or other material.
  • n. An edge as thin as a feather; the thinner edge, as of a board or plank; the shallow edge of the furrow of a millstone, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin tapering edge


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  • To avoid damaging the feather-edge, the blows should be directed so that they have a slight inwards component.

    Chapter 6

  • This is basically the method used to insert all tacks, although in some cases it is necessary for the pincers to pleat and twist the margin to obtain a smooth feather-edge line.

    Chapter 6

  • The scarf is about a yard in length and is darned with linen floss and edged with the finest feather-edge braid.

    The Art of Modern Lace Making

  • A line of fine feather-edge braid finishes the tie in a dainty manner.

    The Art of Modern Lace Making

  • She was already worn to a feather-edge before Mary's ingratitude.

    Our Nervous Friends — Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness

  • And so it came that Richard grew up and continued without an attachment or a friendship or a purpose; and with a distrust of men in the gross promoted to feather-edge.

    The President A novel

  • Last summer we had the top half of our house clad in feather-edge oak boarding. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It was very dark, and I knew that as our sails were set, and we bore from her, it would be difficult for her to keep us in sight, as we only presented what we call the feather-edge of our sails to her.

    The Privateer's-Man One hundred Years Ago

  • It would be impossible without the aid of diagrams, and I do not remember sufficient, to explain his mechanical contrivances; but the general principle was, to suspend the man under a kind of flat parachute of extremely thin _feather-edge_ boards, with a power of adjusting the angle at which it was placed, and allowing the man the full use of his arms and legs to work any machinery placed beneath; the area of the parachute being proportioned, as in birds to the weight of the man, who was to start from the top of a high tower, or some elevated position, flying against the wind.

    Notes and Queries, Number 46, September 14, 1850


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