Idioms

Origin of feather

before 900; Middle English, Old English fether; cognate with Dutch veder, German Feder, Old Norse fjǫthr; akin to Greek pterón, Sanskrit pátram wing, feather

Related forms

feath·er·less, adjectivefeath·er·less·ness, nounfeath·er·like, adjective

Definition for feathers (2 of 2)

plug and feathers


noun

an apparatus for splitting stone, consisting of two tapered bars (feathers), inserted into a hole drilled into the stone, between which a narrow wedge (plug) is hammered to spread them.

Origin of plug and feathers

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for feathers (1 of 2)

feathers

/ (ˈfɛðəz) /

pl n

the plumage of a bird
Also called: feathering the long hair on the legs or tail of certain breeds of horses and dogs
informal dress; attireher best feathers
ruffle feathers to cause upset or offence

British Dictionary definitions for feathers (2 of 2)

feather

/ (ˈfɛðə) /

noun

verb

See also feathers

Derived Forms

featherless, adjectivefeather-like, adjectivefeathery, adjective

Word Origin for feather

Old English fether; related to Old Frisian fethere, Old Norse fjöthr feather, Old High German fedara wing, Greek petesthai to fly, Sanskrit patati he flies
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Science definitions for feathers

feather

[ fĕðər ]

One of the light, flat structures that cover the skin of birds. A feather is made of a horny substance and has a narrow, hollow shaft bearing flat vanes formed of many parallel barbs. The barbs of outer feathers are formed of even smaller structures (called barbules) that interlock. The barbs of down feathers do not interlock. Evolutionarily, feathers are modified scales, first seen in certain dinosaurs.
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Idioms and Phrases with feathers

feather


In addition to the idioms beginning with feather

  • feather in one's cap, a
  • feather one's nest

also see:

  • 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
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