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

  • n. The feathers on an arrow.

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  • v. Present participle of fletch.
  • n. attaching fins, such as halved-feathers to a projectile in order to stabilize its flight;
  • n. the fins or feathers so attached.


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  • I used to like the prong rests because it was simple but the helical fletching is a problem so i switched to the ripcord and never looked back.

    Beginning Bowhunting

  • The eagle clutches an olive branch in the right claw and three arrows in the left, though fletching is shown for only two of the three arrowheads.

    Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Motto, With Drapery, Arrows, 1873-1874 : Coin Guide

  • For arrow I shoot Easton Axis arrows 400 9.8 gpi [29 inch arrows] W/2 in fletching.

    What setup do you have for bowhunting?

  • The fletching is a row of feathers, usually short, trimmed one-sided wing feathers, glued to the base end like on an arrow.

  • Never recovered the deer, but got a call from one of the ranch hands claiming to see a 150 class buck with a green fletching sticking out of his shoulder, perfectly healthy.

    Whitetail Are Tougher Than You Think

  • Grabbed the bow and set up at 40 yards ... one shot went high over the target, when I went to get the first group, I realized that I had inadvertently hit a tree frog that was perched on the target with the fletching of the stray arrow - is there a Pope and Young frog class???

    Field & Stream

  • I noticed to test for speed, with the chronograph, the arrow didn't have fletching.

    High Tech Bow Building

  • But, to test for accuracy it appeared they had Blazer fletching on the arrow.

    High Tech Bow Building

  • If you are not using the same color fletching get out of my camp.

    On Crossbows During the Regular Bow Season

  • Any sort of computer hiccup in the fuel-delivery system — pumping 10 liters per minute into the quad-turbo, 8-liter, 16-cylinder, 1,200-horsepower reactor behind the seats — could have upset the car's aero balance, sending it careering across the track like an arrow that's lost its fletching.

    The New Bugatti: Waiting for Superman No More


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  • This word is familiar to anyone who's read Chuck Palahniuk's INVISIBLE MONSTERS. There is confusion at the dinner table.

    April 14, 2007