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.

Definitions of feather
  1. noun
    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
    synonyms: plumage, plume
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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
  2. verb
    cover or fit with feathers
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. verb
    grow feathers
    synonyms: fledge
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    acquire, develop, get, grow, produce
    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  4. verb
    turn the oar, while rowing
    synonyms: square
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    row
    propel with oars
  5. verb
    turn the paddle; in canoeing
    synonyms: square
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    paddle
    propel with a paddle
  6. noun
    turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
    synonyms: feathering
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    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
  7. verb
    join tongue and groove, in carpentry
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    conjoin, join
    make contact or come together
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