feather NOUN any of the flat appendages growing from a bird's skin, consisting of a partly hollow horny shaft fringed with vanes of barbs.
VERB 1) rotate the blades of (a propeller) to lessen the air or water resistance. 2) (feathered) covered or decorated with feathers.
a feather in one's cap — Cf. ↑a feather in one's cap
feather one's nest — Cf. ↑feather one's nest
DERIVATIVES feathery adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • feathery — feath|er|y [ feðəri ] adjective 1. ) like a feather: a feathery leaf/tail 2. ) soft and delicate: Light feathery snowflakes were falling …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • feathery — UK [ˈfeðərɪ] / US adjective 1) like a feather a feathery leaf/tail 2) soft and delicate Light feathery snowflakes were falling …   English dictionary

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  • feathery — featheriness, n. /fedh euh ree/, adj. 1. clothed or covered with feathers; feathered. 2. resembling feathers; light; airy; unsubstantial: feathery clouds. [1570 80; FEATHER + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • feathery — feath|er|y [ˈfeðəri] adj looking or feeling light and soft, like a feather ▪ The plant has feathery leaves …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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