feather

A feather is one of the soft, fringed plumes that cover the bodies of birds. Some feathers are tiny and downy, while others are large and brilliantly colored.

Feathers are the main characteristic that separates birds from all other animals. Scientifically, feathers are described as growths or appendages that form on a bird's skin — but this definition can't capture how lovely feathers are. When feather is a verb, it usually means to turn or rotate an oar, paddle, or propeller so that it's parallel to the surface of the water.

Primary Meanings of feather

1.
nv
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
cover or fit with feathers
2.
vn
turn the oar, while rowing
turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
3.
v
join tongue and groove, in carpentry
Full Definitions of feather
1

n the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

Synonyms:
plumage, plume
Types:
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down, down feather
soft fine feathers
aftershaft
a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
contour feather
feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
alula, bastard wing, spurious wing
tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird's wing
marabou
the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
hackle
long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather
any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
scapular
a feather covering the shoulder of a bird
duck down
down of the duck
goose down
down of the goose
swan's down
down of the swan
plumule
down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds
saddle feather, saddle hackle
a long narrow feather on the back (saddle) of a domestic fowl
primary, primary feather, primary quill
one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
tail feather
feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird
Type of:
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part
animal material
material derived from animals

v cover or fit with feathers

Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v grow feathers

Synonyms:
fledge
Type of:
acquire, develop, get, grow, produce
come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
2

v turn the oar, while rowing

Synonyms:
square
Type of:
row
propel with oars

v turn the paddle; in canoeing

Synonyms:
square
Type of:
paddle
propel with a paddle

n turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls

Synonyms:
feathering
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis
3

v join tongue and groove, in carpentry

Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together

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