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Cock feather
Cock Cock, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.] 1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow. 2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm. At cock, At full cock, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; -- said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one prepared for instant action. At half cock. See under Half. Cock feather (Archery), the feather of an arrow at right angles to the direction of the cock or notch. --Nares.
feather stars
Comatula Co*mat"u*la (?; 135), n. [NL., fr. L. comatulus having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma hair.] (Zo["o]l.) A crinoid of the genus Antedon and related genera. When young they are fixed by a stem. When adult they become detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; -- called also feather stars.
Featherbone
Featherbone Feath"er*bone`, n. A substitute for whalebone, made from the quills of geese and turkeys.
Feather-brained
Feather-brained Feath"er-brained/, a. Giddy; frivolous; feather-headed. [Colloq.]
Feathered
Feathered Feath"ered, a. 1. Clothed, covered, or fitted with (or as with) feathers or wings; as, a feathered animal; a feathered arrow. Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury. --Shak. Nonsense feathered with soft and delicate phrases and pointed with pathetic accent. --Dr. J. Scott. 2. Furnished with anything featherlike; ornamented; fringed; as, land feathered with trees. 3. (Zo["o]l.) Having a fringe of feathers, as the legs of certian birds; or of hairs, as the legs of a setter dog. 4. (Her.) Having feathers; -- said of an arrow, when the feathers are of a tincture different from that of the shaft.
Feather-edge
Feather-edge Feath"er-edge/, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) The thin, new growth around the edge of a shell, of an oyster. 2. Any thin, as on a board or a razor.
Feather-edged
Feather-edged Feath"er-edged/, a. Having a feather-edge; also, having one edge thinner than the other, as a board; -- in the United States, said only of stuff one edge of which is made as thin as practicable.
Feather-few
Feather-few Feath"er-few/, n. (Bot.) Feverfew.
Feather-foil
Feather-foil Feath"er-foil`, n. [Feather + foil a leaf.] (Bot.) An aquatic plant (Hottonia palustris), having finely divided leaves.
Feather-head
Feather-head Feath"er-head`, n. A frivolous or featherbrained person. [Colloq.] --H. James.
Feather-headed
Feather-headed Feath"er-head`ed, a. Giddy; frivolous; foolish. [Colloq.] --G. Eliot.
Feather-heeled
Feather-heeled Feath"er-heeled`, a. Light-heeled; gay; frisky; frolicsome. [Colloq.]
Feathering
Feathering Feath"er*ing, n. 1. (Arch.) Same as Foliation. 2. The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather, v. t. 3. A covering of feathers. Feathering float (Naut.), the float or paddle of a feathering wheel. Feathering screw (Naut.), a screw propeller, of which the blades may be turned so as to move edgewise through the water when the vessel is moving under sail alone. Feathering wheel (Naut.), a paddle wheel whose floats turn automatically so as to dip about perpendicularly into the water and leave in it the same way, avoiding beating on the water in the descent and lifting water in the ascent.
Feathering float
Feathering Feath"er*ing, n. 1. (Arch.) Same as Foliation. 2. The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather, v. t. 3. A covering of feathers. Feathering float (Naut.), the float or paddle of a feathering wheel. Feathering screw (Naut.), a screw propeller, of which the blades may be turned so as to move edgewise through the water when the vessel is moving under sail alone. Feathering wheel (Naut.), a paddle wheel whose floats turn automatically so as to dip about perpendicularly into the water and leave in it the same way, avoiding beating on the water in the descent and lifting water in the ascent.
Feathering screw
Feathering Feath"er*ing, n. 1. (Arch.) Same as Foliation. 2. The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather, v. t. 3. A covering of feathers. Feathering float (Naut.), the float or paddle of a feathering wheel. Feathering screw (Naut.), a screw propeller, of which the blades may be turned so as to move edgewise through the water when the vessel is moving under sail alone. Feathering wheel (Naut.), a paddle wheel whose floats turn automatically so as to dip about perpendicularly into the water and leave in it the same way, avoiding beating on the water in the descent and lifting water in the ascent.
Feathering wheel
Feathering Feath"er*ing, n. 1. (Arch.) Same as Foliation. 2. The act of turning the blade of the oar, as it rises from the water in rowing, from a vertical to a horizontal position. See To feather an oar, under Feather, v. t. 3. A covering of feathers. Feathering float (Naut.), the float or paddle of a feathering wheel. Feathering screw (Naut.), a screw propeller, of which the blades may be turned so as to move edgewise through the water when the vessel is moving under sail alone. Feathering wheel (Naut.), a paddle wheel whose floats turn automatically so as to dip about perpendicularly into the water and leave in it the same way, avoiding beating on the water in the descent and lifting water in the ascent.
Featherless
Featherless Feath"er*less, a. Destitute of feathers.
Featherly
Featherly Feath"er*ly, a. Like feathers. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
Featherness
Featherness Feath"er*ness, n. The state or condition of being feathery.
Feather-pated
Feather-pated Feath"er-pat"ed, a. Feather-headed; frivolous. [Colloq.] --Sir W. Scott.
Featherstitch
Featherstitch Feath"er*stitch`, n. A kind of embroidery stitch producing a branching zigzag line.
Feather-veined
Feather-veined Feath"er-veined`, a. (Bot.) Having the veins (of a leaf) diverging from the two sides of a midrib.
Feathery
Feathery Feath"er*y, a. Pertaining to, or resembling, feathers; covered with, or as with, feathers; as, feathery spray or snow. --Milton. Ye feathery people of mid air. --Barry Cornwall.
flag feather
Flag Flag, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of the wing feathers next the body of a bird; -- called also flag feather.
Flight feathers
Flight feathers (Zo["o]l.), the wing feathers of a bird, including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See Bird. To put to flight, To turn to flight, to compel to run away; to force to flee; to rout. Syn: Pair; set. See Pair.
Live feathers
Live birth, the condition of being born in such a state that acts of life are manifested after the extrusion of the whole body. --Dunglison. Live box, a cell for holding living objects under microscopical examination. --P. H. Gosse. Live feathers, feathers which have been plucked from the living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic. Live gang. (Sawing) See under Gang. Live grass (Bot.), a grass of the genus Eragrostis. Live load (Engin.), a suddenly applied load; a varying load; a moving load; as a moving train of cars on a bridge, or wind pressure on a roof. Live oak (Bot.), a species of oak (Quercus virens), growing in the Southern States, of great durability, and highly esteemed for ship timber. In California the Q. chrysolepis and some other species are also called live oaks. Live ring (Engin.), a circular train of rollers upon which a swing bridge, or turntable, rests, and which travels around a circular track when the bridge or table turns. Live steam, steam direct from the boiler, used for any purpose, in distinction from exhaust steam. Live stock, horses, cattle, and other domestic animals kept on a farm. whole body.
Midfeather
Midfeather Mid"feath`er, n. 1. (Steam Boilers) A vertical water space in a fire box or combustion chamber. 2. (Mining) A support for the center of a tunnel.
Pen feather
Bow pen. See Bow-pen. Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines. Drawing, or Ruling, pen, a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained. Fountain pen, Geometric pen. See under Fountain, and Geometric. Music pen, a pen having five points for drawing the five lines of the staff. Pen and ink, or pen-and-ink, executed or done with a pen and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch. Pen feather. A pin feather. [Obs.] Pen name. See under Name. Sea pen (Zo["o]l.), a pennatula. [Usually written sea-pen.]
Pinfeather
Pinfeather Pin"feath`er, n. A feather not fully developed; esp., a rudimentary feather just emerging through the skin.
Pinfeathered
Pinfeathered Pin"feath`ered, a. Having part, or all, of the feathers imperfectly developed.

Meaning of Feather from wikipedia

- Feathers are epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on dinosaurs, birds and possibly other archosauromorphs. They are...
- The white feather is a widely recognised symbol, although its meaning varies significantly between different countries and cultures. In the United Kingdom...
- Light as a Feather is an American supernatural thriller web television series, based on the book of the same name by Zoe A****n, that premiered on October...
- retouching using fine feathers. Feathering is most commonly used on a paintbrush tool in computer graphics software. This form of feathering makes the painted...
- A pin feather, sometimes called a "blood feather", is a developing feather on a bird. This feather can grow as a new feather during the bird's infancy...
- Birds of a Feather (commonly abbreviated to BOAF) is a British sitcom originally broadcast on BBC One from 16 October 1989 to 24 December 1998, then revived...
- A feather duster is an implement used for cleaning. It consists typically of a wooden-dowel handle and feathers from either the male or female ostrich...
- Feathers are epidermal growths which form an outer covering on birds and some dinosaurs. Feather may also refer to: "Feathers", a character from the 1959...
- Victor Grayson Hardie Feather, Baron Feather, CBE (10 April 1908 – 28 July 1976) was General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress in Great Britain from...
- The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Very young birds are clad only in down. Powder down is a specialized...
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