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.

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  • 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


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  • In glassmaking, the process of dragging a tool across a series of trails while they are semi-molten to create a feather-like pattern. See also combed decoration.

    November 9, 2007