- 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.
verb (used with object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|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
In Aslam's words, it's like “writing very fast with a quill whose other end is on fire.'”
The spread of the wings, which are composed of seventeen or eighteen quill feathers, is three feet and a half.Love's Meinie|John Ruskin
"Candies, I think," said Miss Elisabetha, touching them doubtfully with the end of her quill.Rodman the Keeper|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Agamemnon agreed to go over to the bookstore to get a quill.The Peterkin Papers|Lucretia P Hale
The reed or quill pen should be used, and one of the best ways to become intimate with the pen is to cut it to shape for oneself.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day|Sidney Farnsworth
"Take a seat," said Geoffry Hinchford, indicating one with the feather of the quill pen he held in his hand.Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 2 of 3)|Frederick William Robinson
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
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.