Origin of quilling
- 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 quilling
Historical Examples of quilling
Finish the muff at the edges by a cord or a quilling of ribbon.The Ladies' Knitting and Netting Book
She was quilling it, and looked up with some astonishment as I walked up to her.Crowded Out! and Other Sketches
Susie F. Harrison
New barège dresses are made with three flounces, scalloped, and trimmed at the edge with a quilling of ribbon.
Pardessus of the same material, trimmed all round with a quilling of plain purple ribbon.
In quilling or setting on the lace, endeavour to conceal the darns under the pleats.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
- 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.