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[flech-ing] /ˈflɛtʃ ɪŋ/
the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.


[flech] /flɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to provide (an arrow) with a feather.
Origin of fletch
First recorded in 1625-35; back formation from fletcher
Related forms
unfletched, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fletching
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  • It was the dead of night, and a horseman rode towards the village of fletching.

    The House of Walderne A. D. Crake
  • Fate had brought me to fletching, and Fate appeared determined I should see the church.

    A Leisurely Tour in England

    James John Hissey
  • fletching church was one of the happy discoveries of the journey; though much restored it is of more than ordinary interest.

    A Leisurely Tour in England

    James John Hissey
  • Mr Jones, of fletching, Sussex, wrote that scores of cases (probably at least 50 or 60) have had more or less eruption.

  • fletching is a very old art and, necessarily, must have many empirical methods and principles involved.

  • In a manner not dissimilar to my beginning of the fletching art, I took up bow making.

  • Noon found them at Leicester, and three days later, they rode into the baronial camp at fletching.

    The Outlaw of Torn Edgar Rice Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for fletching


another word for fledge (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: probably back formation from fletcher
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Word Origin and History for fletching



mid-17c., variant of fledge (v.); also see fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.

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