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Definition of "feather" []

  • One of the light, flat growths forming the plumage of birds, consisting of numerous slender, closely arranged parallel barbs forming a vane on either side of a horny, tapering, partly hollow shaft. (noun)
  • Plumage. (noun)
  • Clothing; attire. (noun)
  • A feathery tuft or fringe of hair, as on the legs or tail of some dogs. (noun)
  • Character, kind, or nature: Birds of a feather flock together. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "feather" in a sentence
  • "It was very dark, and I knew that as our sails were set, and we bore from her, it would be difficult for her to keep us in sight, as we only presented what we call the feather-edge of our sails to her."
  • "Com that the rancorous debate over the future of this seemingly innocuous civic cub catering to foreign airheads has taken a decidedly nasty turn and I´m beginning to wonder just where this anachronistic club in last feather is heading except into the mire."
  • "Of course the spine of a feather is called ... the shaft."