Feath´er   Pronunciation: fĕth´ẽr
n.1.One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers, quills, and down.
2.Kind; nature; species; - from the proverbial phrase, "Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species.
3.The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs.
4.A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse.
5.One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
6.(Mach. & Carp.) 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.
7.A thin wedge driven between the two semicylindrical parts of a divided plug in a hole bored in a stone, to rend the stone.
8.The angular adjustment of an oar or paddle-wheel float, with reference to a horizontal axis, as it leaves or enters the water.
Feather alum
(Min.) a hydrous sulphate of alumina, resulting from volcanic action, and from the decomposition of iron pyrites; - called also halotrichite.
Feather bed
a bed filled with feathers.
- Ure.
Feather driver
one who prepares feathers by beating.
Feather duster
a dusting brush of feathers.
Feather flower
an artifical flower made of feathers, for ladies' headdresses, and other ornamental purposes.
Feather grass
(Bot.) a kind of grass (Stipa pennata) which has a long feathery awn rising from one of the chaffy scales which inclose the grain.
Feather maker
one who makes plumes, etc., of feathers, real or artificial.
Feather ore
(Min.) a sulphide of antimony and lead, sometimes found in capillary forms and like a cobweb, but also massive. It is a variety of Jamesonite.
Feather shot
(Metal.) copper granulated by pouring into cold water.
Feather spray
(Naut.) the spray thrown up, like pairs of feathers, by the cutwater of a fast-moving vessel.
- Raymond.
Feather star
(Zool.) See Comatula.
Feather weight
a - (Racing) Scrupulously exact weight, so that a feather would turn the scale, when a jockey is weighed or weighted.
b - The lightest weight that can be put on the back of a horse in racing.
c - In wrestling, boxing, etc., a term applied to the lightest of the classes into which contestants are divided; - in contradistinction to light weight, middle weight, and heavy weight.
- Youatt.
A feather in the cap
an honour, trophy, or mark of distinction.
To be in full feather
to be in full dress or in one's best clothes.
To be in high feather
to be in high spirits.
To cut a feather
a - (Naut.) To make the water foam in moving; in allusion to the ripple which a ship throws off from her bows.
b - To make one's self conspicuous.
To show the white feather
to betray cowardice, - a white feather in the tail of a cock being considered an indication that he is not of the true game breed.
v. t.1.To furnish with a feather or feathers, as an arrow or a cap.
[imp. & p. p. Feathered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Feathering.]
2.To adorn, as with feathers; to fringe.
3.To render light as a feather; to give wings to.
4.To enrich; to exalt; to benefit.
5.To tread, as a cock.
To feather one's nest
to provide for one's self especially from property belonging to another, confided to one's care; - an expression taken from the practice of birds which collect feathers for the lining of their nests.
To feather an oar
(Naut) to turn it when it leaves the water so that the blade will be horizontal and offer the least resistance to air while reaching for another stroke.
To tar and feather a person
to smear him with tar and cover him with feathers, as a punishment or an indignity.
v. i.1.To grow or form feathers; to become feathered; - often with out; as, the birds are feathering out.
2.To curdle when poured into another liquid, and float about in little flakes or "feathers;" as, the cream feathers.
3.To turn to a horizontal plane; - said of oars.
Stopping his sculls in the air to feather accurately.
- Macmillan's Mag.
4.To have the appearance of a feather or of feathers; to be or to appear in feathery form.
Noun1.feather - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
Synonyms: plumage, plume
2.feather - turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
Synonyms: feathering
Verb1.feather - join tongue and groove, in carpentry
2.feather - cover or fit with feathers
3.feather - turn the paddle; in canoeing
Synonyms: square
4.feather - turn the oar, while rowing
Synonyms: square
5.feather - grow feathers; "The young sparrows are fledging already"
Synonyms: fledge
To dream of feathers floating in the air, signifies a life of ease, comfort, warmth and of financial gains. It may describe your light heartedness and enjoyment for life. Alternatively, they may represent confusion, hastiness, and lost of dignity. In particular, to see chicken feathers in your dream, signifies of minor annoyances. Eagle feathers represent the realization of your goals and aspirations. And to see peacock, ostrich, or any other ornamental feathers, denotes advancement up the social ladder. You will be met with much success in your future. To dream that you are selling or buying feathers, symbolizes frugality and thriftiness.a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, air, bagatelle, bank, bauble, bead, bean, bejewel, beribbon, bespangle, bibelot, bit, blood, blubber, brand, brass farthing, breed, breeze, bubble, butter, button, cast, catch a crab, ceil, cent, chaff, character, chip, clan, clay, cobweb, color, cork, covert, crab, crest, curio, cushion, cut a crab, denomination, description, designation, diamond, dip, dough, down, dust, eiderdown, engrave, ether, face, fairy, farce, farthing, feather an oar, feather bed, feathers, fig, figure, filigree, fill, fishtail, flag, fleabite, fledge, fleece, floss, flounce, flower, flue, fluff, foam, folderol, form, fribble, frippery, froth, fur, fuzz, garland, gaud, gem, genre, genus, gewgaw, gimcrack, give way, gossamer, grain, hackle, hair, halfpenny, hill of beans, ilk, illuminate, inlay, interline, jest, jewel, joke, kapok, kickshaw, kidney, kin, kind, knickknack, knickknackery, label, line, load, loop, lot, mail, make, manner, mark, minikin, mockery, mold, molehill, mote, nature, number, order, pace, pack, pad, paddle, paint, panache, peppercorn, persuasion, phylum, picayune, pillow, pin, pinch of snuff, pinion, pinprick, plow, plumage, plume, plumule, plush, ply the oar, porpoise, pudding, puff, pull, pull out, pull up, punt, push down, putty, quill, race, rap, red cent, ribbon, roll, row, row away, row dry, row of pins, rubber, rush, satin, scapular, scull, shape, ship oars, shit, shoot, sideslip, silk, skid, sky an oar, snap, sneeshing, sort, sou, spangle, species, speculum, spin, spiral, sponge, spume, stamp, strain, straw, stripe, stuff, stunt, style, swansdown, the like of, the likes of, thistledown, tinsel, topknot, toy, tribe, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuft, tuppence, two cents, twopence, type, undulate, variety, velvet, wad, wainscot, wax, whim-wham, wool, wreathe, yaw, zephyr
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Feast of Dormition
Feast of Guardian Angels
Feast of Lights
Feast of Sacrifice
Feast of Tabernacles
Feast of the Circumcision
Feast of the Dedication
Feast of the Unleavened Bread
Feast of Weeks
feast one's eyes
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Feather alum
feather ball
feather bed
feather boa
Feather driver
Feather duster
Feather flower
feather geranium
Feather grass
Feather maker
Feather moss
feather one's nest
Feather ore
feather palm
feather reed grass
Feather shot
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