feather: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fe'ur), [key]
- one of the horny structures forming the principal covering of birds, consisting typically of a hard, tubular portion attached to the body and tapering into a thinner, stemlike portion bearing a series of slender, barbed processes that interlock to form a flat structure on each side.
- kind; character; nature: two boys of the same feather.
- something like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair.
- something very light, small, or trivial: Your worry is a mere feather.
- one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart.
- a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards.
- See under
- a featherlike flaw, esp. in a precious stone.
- a praiseworthy accomplishment; distinction; honor: Being chosen class president is a feather in her cap.
- See(def. 12).
- in good form, humor, or health: feeling in fine feather.
- to anger, upset, or annoy (another person).
- to regain one's composure; become calm: After the argument, we each retired to our own rooms to smooth our ruffled feathers.
- to provide with feathers, as an arrow.
- to clothe or cover with or as with feathers.
- to turn (an oar) after a stroke so that the blade becomes nearly horizontal, and hold it thus as it is moved back into position for the next stroke.
- to change the blade angle of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are approximately parallel to the line of flight.
- to turn off (an engine) while in flight.
- to grow feathers.
- to be or become feathery in appearance.
- to move like feathers.
- to feather an oar.
- to attack (a person, task, or problem) vigorously.
- to take advantage of the opportunities to enrich oneself: The mayor had used his term of office to feather his nest.
- feather (Thesaurus)