from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered, provided, or adorned with feathers.
  • adj. Having feathering, as an animal's coat.
  • adj. Moving swiftly: feathered feet.
  • adj. Having the chords of propeller blades parallel to the line of flight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. covered with feathers
  • adj. having the blades of oars or propellers parallel to the direction of motion
  • adj. of a finely bevelled edge
  • adj. to be badly beaten
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of feather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Clothed, covered, or fitted with (or as with) feathers or wings
  • adj. Furnished with anything featherlike; ornamented; fringed.
  • adj. Having a fringe of feathers, as the legs of certian birds; or of hairs, as the legs of a setter dog.
  • adj. Having feathers; -- said of an arrow, when the feathers are of a tincture different from that of the shaft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rivaling a bird in speed; winged.
  • In entomology, having parallel rays or branches, like the web of a feather; strongly pectinate: applied to the antennæ when the joints give out long branches on one or two sides, as in many moths.
  • In botany, same as feathery, 3.
  • Fitted or furnished with a feather or feathers: as, a feathered arrow: used specifically in heraldry when the feathers are of a different tincture from the shaft: as, azure, feathered or.
  • Fringed with hair: said of certain breeds of dogs.

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

  • adj. having or covered with feathers
  • adj. adorned with feathers or plumes


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