from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plumage.
- n. The feathers fitted to an arrow.
- n. A fringe of hair on an animal's coat, especially on the leg of a dog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of feather.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as foliation.
- n. The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather, v. t.
- n. A covering of feathers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plumage.
- n. The adjustment of feathers to an arrow, whether shaft or bolt. See arrow, vireton.
- n. In architecture, an arrangement of small arcs or foils separated by projecting points or cusps, used as ornaments in the molding of arches, etc., in pointed medieval architecture; foliation. See cusp.
- n. Same as feather, 2 .
- n. In the aquatint process, the application of strong acid to the plate, to bite in dark touches. See aquatint.
- n. In violin-playing, a very light and delicate use of the bow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
Sorry, no etymologies found.
CONAN: And as you point out, tarring and feathering is an expression.
What joy there is to be found in feathering a nest.
Tarring and feathering is an option — it is equally humiliating and far more painful.
ÂÂÂÂ â€œThis confirms our belief that the interests of the Iraqi regime lies in feathering its own nests and it casts doubts on its commitment to providing humanitarian relief to the people, â€ he said. â€œIt undermines the efforts of governments such as Britain to provide relief for the Iraqi people under the oil-for-food program. â€
A good tar and feathering is in order for the top dogs in the Bush administration.
Eastward, a thick fir wood grew, beginning with tiny treelets just feathering from the grass, and grading up therefrom to the tall veterans of the mid-grove, unbrokenly and evenly, giving the effect of a solid, sloping green wall, so beautifully compact that it looked as if it had been clipped into its velvet surface by art.
So this is our first sort of glimpse of early penguin feathering.
He did not approve of the tarring and feathering, which is interesting, because the -- the -- the stereotype we have of the mob is of the mob that's violent and out to get people and so forth.
The oars were loaded with lead in the handles, and near the point of balance hung to pliable thongs, making possible the delicate touch called feathering, but, at the same time, increasing the need of skill, since an eccentric wave might at any moment catch a heedless fellow and hurl him from his seat.
Only when used on cheap index cards was there any noticable feathering, which is no surprise.