The Emperor of France is said to be interested in the art of flying and to have given money to fledge some inventions.
I again took it up, and he continued, 'James, Byron hits the mark where I don't even pretend to fledge my arrow.'
And look here, fledge, why do William's toes turn out at such a fearful angle?
I've watched 'em break shell an' come out an' fledge an' learn to fly an' begin to sing, till I think I'm one of 'em.
At that tyme my cat got a fledge yong sparrow which had onely a right wyng naturally.
In 1814 he was ready to say, "Byron hits the mark where I don't even pretend to fledge my arrow."
But will and means, In mortals, for the cause ye well discern, With unlike wings are fledge.
Having prepared a sufficient quantity of feathers, you are ready to fledge your shaft.
Old English *-flycge (Kentish -flecge),an adjective meaning "having the feathers, fit to fly," from West Germanic *fluggja- (cf. Middle Dutch vlugge, Low German flügge), from root meaning "to fly" (see fly (v.)). As a verb, it is first attested in English 1560s. Related: Fledged; fledging.