fletching

[ flech-ing ]
/ ˈflɛtʃ ɪŋ /
|

noun

the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.

Nearby words

  1. fletcher,
  2. fletcher, john,
  3. fletcher, john gould,
  4. fletcherism,
  5. fletcherize,
  6. fletchings,
  7. fletschhorn,
  8. flettner control,
  9. fleur,
  10. fleur-de-lis

fletch

[ 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 formsun·fletched, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fletching


British Dictionary definitions for fletching

fletch

/ (flɛtʃ) /

verb

another word for fledge (def. 2)

Word Origin for fletch

C17: probably back formation from fletcher

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fletching

fletch

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper