- to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
- to furnish with or as if with feathers or plumage.
- to provide (an arrow) with feathers.
- (of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
- Archaic. (of young birds) able to fly.
Origin of fledge
Examples from the Web for fledging
But come June, the fledging African-American cable network Aspire wants you to have choices.Magic Johnson’s Network Set to Launch Talk Show
May 11, 2013
Block was Wisconsin state director for the fledging Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group funded by the Koch brothers.The Man in Cain's Smoking Video
David A. Graham
October 25, 2011
Now, that hubris might lead to the dismantling of her fledging cartel, as the Argentine police claim to be hot on her tracks.Lingerie Drug Lord
February 25, 2010
If the nest was started on June 20, then renesting took place within 15 hours after fledging.
The young at fledging are usually completely feathered, but have notably short tails and relatively short, stubby wings.
Human interference may have been largely responsible for the fledging of the young at nine days.
In fledging arrows Ishi used eagle, buzzard, hawk or flicker feathers.
This is made by constructing the usual blunt screw-headed shaft and fledging it with wide uncut feathers.
- (tr) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
- Also called: fletch (tr) to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
- (intr) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
- (tr) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
Word Origin and History for fledging
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.