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Definition of feather:

  1. A longitudinal strip projecting as a fin from an object, to strengthen it, or to enter a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sidwise but permit motion lengthwise; a spline.
  2. A thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone.
  3. A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse.
  4. Kind; nature; species; - from the proverbial phrase, Birds of a feather, that is, of the same species.
  5. One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
  6. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down.
  7. The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle- wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.
  8. The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs.
  9. To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
  10. To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or feathers; as, the cream feathers
  11. To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
  12. To furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a cap.
  13. To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; - often with out; as, the birds are feathering out.
  14. To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be or to appear in feathery form.
  15. To render light as a feather; to give wings to.
  16. To tread, as a cock.
  17. To turn to a horizontal plane; - said of oars.

Synonyms:

metallic, rectrix, feathering, ungrown, description, wing, calamus, lot, duck, cast, dust, pinfeather, flight, semi-plume, square, fringe, half-feather, contour, remex, plume, powder-down, fledge, auricular, square up, down, metallic scale, plumage, rudder, shaft, manner, pulviplume, tuft, fin, crest, spike, plumule, covert, tail covert, group, rowing, tail, nature, filoplume.

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