- 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.
- to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
- to wind on a quill, as yarn.
Origin of quill
OTHER WORDS FROM quillquill-like, adjective
Words nearby quill
How to use quill in a sentence
This is the first time that such a structure, which looks like the barb of a feather fanning off the central quill, has been spotted in the Milky Way.Astronomers have found the Milky Way’s first known ‘feather’|Lisa Grossman|November 23, 2021|Science News
When threatened, porcupines release a strong odor meant to warn predators that quills are about to be deployed.
The rumor that porcupines can shoot or throw their quills at aggressors is only a legend, but there’s no need to test that out for yourself.
Early analyses frequently grouped the rangeomorphs with sea pens, a more familiar class of invertebrates that resemble quill pens.What Is an Individual? Biology Seeks Clues in Information Theory.|Jordana Cepelewicz|July 16, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Guardians centers on Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an intergalactic smuggler who swipes an orb.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List|Marlow Stern|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jill Lepore|July 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Justin Green|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The only addition made to it when in use is the insertion of a quill or straw as a mouth-piece.
I may be a weak old fool, but I won't have them sold down there with quill wheels and warming-pans!The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
For a pen she would catch a goose, pluck a quill, and ask Billy to cut it.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties|Charles Major
The swish of a skirt seemed ridiculously loud in the hush, and the scratching of the judge's quill pen was noisily irritating.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The pen (calamus) was made of a reed brought to a point and cleft much as our quill pens are.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for quill
- 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