- the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.
- to provide (an arrow) with a feather.
Origin of fletch
First recorded in 1625–35; back formation from fletcher
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Examples from the Web for fletching
It was the dead of night, and a horseman rode towards the village of Fletching.The House of Walderne
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Fate had brought me to Fletching, and Fate appeared determined I should see the church.
Fletching church was one of the happy discoveries of the journey; though much restored it is of more than ordinary interest.
Mr Jones, of Fletching, Sussex, wrote that scores of cases (probably at least 50 or 60) have had more or less eruption.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
Fletching is a very old art and, necessarily, must have many empirical methods and principles involved.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow
- another word for fledge (def. 2)
C17: probably back formation from fletcher
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Word Origin and History for fletching
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