- one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
- the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
- a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
- one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
- a plectrum of a harpsichord.
- a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
- a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
- a bobbin or spool.
- a toothpick.
- a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
- a shaft, joined to and supported by two other shafts or machines, for transmitting motion from one to the other.
- a rotating toolholder used in boring or facing internal angles.
- a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
- to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
- to wind on a quill, as yarn.
- to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
- to extract a quill or quills from: to quill a duck before cooking it.
Origin of quill
Examples from the Web for quill
Contemporary Examples of quill
The second feature involves a quill and inkwell that will also be featured on the front of the note.
“Both the quill and the inkwell are copper until you move the note,” said Lambert.
Edmund Morgan liked, especially, to teach his students how to make and sharpen a quill.Tell Me What You See: Jill Lepore Salutes Historian Edmund S. Morgan
July 10, 2013
Most of West Plains learned the news from the front-page article in The Quill on March 21.Missouri, Where Parents Are OK With Armed Teachers
April 15, 2013
In Aslam's words, it's like “writing very fast with a quill whose other end is on fire.'”The Greatest Literary Show on Earth
January 27, 2009
Historical Examples of quill
His only nourishment was milk, drawn from a bottle through a quill.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
When he flaps his wings or even moves a quill the thunder peals.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
In reality they are birds of the same feather: each has a quill and uses it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The Sibyl picked them up and wrote with an eagle's quill on each.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
From his poem, "On receiving an eagle's quill from Lake Superior."
- any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
- the long hollow central part of a bird's feather; calamus
- a bird's feather made into a pen for writing
- any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
- a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
- angling a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
- a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
- (in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
- a fluted fold, as in a ruff
- a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
- to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
- to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)
Word Origin for quill
Word Origin and History for quill
c.1400, "piece of reed or hollow stem of a feather," probably related to Middle High German kil "quill," from Low German quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning "pen made from a (goose) quill" is from 1550s; that of "porcupine spine" is from c.1600.
- The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.
- One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.