Origin of quilled
- 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 quilled
Historical Examples of quilled
At its feeble cry, Kaug, the porcupine, raised his quilled head.The Mystery of Choice
Robert William Chambers
If their cousins whom we found just now were like Chrysanthemums, these are like quilled Dahlias.Glaucus
Used to blazon the quills of feathers: thus, a blue feather having its quill golden is blazoned—A feather az., quilled or.The Handbook to English Heraldry
In one hand was a wand of red-dyed wood with a beaded and quilled amulet at the end.The Lions of the Lord
Harry Leon Wilson
Yolanda's wonderful "t" was certainly the most stupendous single letter ever quilled.Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy
- 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
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.