Origin of feathering
verb (used with object)
- to change the blade angle of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are approximately parallel to the line of flight.
- to turn off (an engine) while in flight.
verb (used without object)
Origin of feather
Related Words for featheringgive, contribute, administer, bring, equip, prepare, grant, transfer, add, lend, afford, serve, produce, cater, present, arrange, yield, keep, maintain, implement
Examples from the Web for feathering
Contemporary Examples of feathering
Republicans are spending the vast majority of their time tarring and feathering each other.Why Obama Won't Back a Strike on Iran
February 26, 2012
Never mind that China obsessively focuses on feathering its own economic nest, often at the expense of poor nations.We Just Saw the Future
Leslie H. Gelb
December 20, 2009
Historical Examples of feathering
The crew instantly levelled their oars, feathering the blades.
On the return, the young oarsmen were instructed in feathering their oars.
The oarsmen levelled their oars, feathering the blades, and listening to the march.
Rising and going back to the feathering of the prayer-stick.The Arrow-Maker
There shall be no tarring and feathering of women by any man in my employ.The Prairie Mother
- an imperfection in print caused by the spreading of ink
- the use of additional space between lines in typesetting in order to fill the page
- a bird's feather or artificial substitute fitted to an arrow to direct its flight
- the feathered end of an arrow, opposite the head
Word Origin for feather
Old English feðer "feather," in plural, "wings," from Proto-Germanic *fethro (cf. Old Saxon fethara, Old Norse fioþr, Swedish fjäder, Middle Dutch vedere, Dutch veder, Old High German fedara, German Feder), from PIE *pet-ra-, from root *pet- "to rush, to fly" (see petition (n.)). Feather-headed "silly" is from 1640s. Feather duster attested by 1858. Figurative use of feather in (one's) cap attested by 1734.
Old English fiðerian "to furnish with feathers or wings," from feðer (see feather (n.)). Meaning "to fit (an arrow) with feathers" is from early 13c.; that of "to deck, adorn, or provide with plumage" is from late 15c. In reference to oars (later paddles, propellers, etc.) from 1740. Phrase feather one's nest "enrich oneself" is from 1580s. Related: Feathered; feathering.
In addition to the idioms beginning with feather
- feather in one's cap, a
- feather one's nest
- birds of a feather
- fuss and feathers
- in fine feather
- knock down with a feather
- light as a feather
- make the dust (feathers) fly
- ruffle someone's feathers
- show the white feather
- tar and feather