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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj feathered adorned with feathers or plumes
    • adj feathered having or covered with feathers "our feathered friends"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Child Finds the Feather Dress The Child Finds the Feather Dress
Fine feathers make fine birds Fine feathers make fine birds
partridge feathers partridge feathers
Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself
A crinoid or feather-star A crinoid or feather-star

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed
    • Feathered Clothed, covered, or fitted with (or as with) feathers or wings; as, a feathered animal; a feathered arrow. "Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury.""Nonsense feathered with soft and delicate phrases and pointed with pathetic accent."
    • Feathered Furnished with anything featherlike; ornamented; fringed; as, land feathered with trees.
    • Feathered (Zoöl) Having a fringe of feathers, as the legs of certian birds; or of hairs, as the legs of a setter dog.
    • Feathered (Her) Having feathers; -- said of an arrow, when the feathers are of a tincture different from that of the shaft.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Initially golf balls were made out of wood. After that they were made out of leather which was stuffed with feathers
    • feathered Rivaling a bird in speed; winged.
    • feathered In entomology, having parallel rays or branches, like the web of a feather; strongly pectinate: applied to the antennæ when the joints give out long branches on one or two sides, as in many moths.
    • feathered In botany, same as feathery, 3.
    • feathered Fitted or furnished with a feather or feathers: as, a feathered arrow: used specifically in heraldry when the feathers are of a different tincture from the shaft: as, azure, feathered or.
    • feathered Fringed with hair: said of certain breeds of dogs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle
    • p.adj Feathered covered or fitted with feathers, or anything feather-like: like the flight of a feathered animal, swift: smoothed as with feathers
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.”
  • Samuel Rutherford
    Samuel Rutherford
    “You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.”
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.”
  • Plato
    “Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.”
  • Proverb
    “Birds of a feather flock together.”


Birds of a feather flock together - This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
Feather in your cap - A success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
Feather your own nest - If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
Feather-brained - Som eone who's feather-brained is silly, empty-headed and not serious.
Feathers fly - When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
Get your feathers in a bunch - If you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
Ruffle a few feathers - If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.
White feather - If someone shows a white feather, they are cowards.
You could have knocked me down with a feather - This idiom is used to mean that the person was very shocked or surprised.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feðer; Ger. feder; L. penna, Gr. pteron.


In literature:

These were monster birds of prey, as large as cranes, with iron feathers, beaks and claws.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
They clean, stretch, brush, polish, until every feather or hair, until every muscle and sinew is in fit condition.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Once he saw a red feather move, but he knew that it was stuck in the hair of an Indian and he was looking for different game.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There is not a feather rumpled in my wing, or my tail, and I have the most beautiful eyes of all of you.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Wants three or four white ostrich feathers in the little gilt holder of the helmet.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
Not one bright feather showed.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
Little by little, he gathered a store of feathers great and small.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Our wings are as yet without feathers, how then shall we be able to get anything to eat?
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
The ostrich feather, however, is always more or less in fashion.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
These were the very first real feathers he had ever had, and he hadn't had them very long; and my, oh, my!
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
The picturesque scenery of the Elk appeared to be a favourite resort with the feathered creation.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
OEdidi bought some red feathers of them with much delight, declaring they would have a high value at Tahiti.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
They send you white feathers instead.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
When first hatched, the chickens are covered with a fine down, which stays on until their feathers grow.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
Dick put in his fingers, and pulled forth a white feather.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
I stopped to look, and hurriedly note his points, fearing every moment that he would take wing; but not a feather stirred.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
She smoothed its feathers and talked to it.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
Demerara yields to no country in the world in her wonderful and beautiful productions of the feathered race.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
He blew aside the feathers and discovered the head of a pin.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore

In poetry:

But that bird on the master's finger,
That tiny feathered thing,
Was the best of all the poets,
For he sang as they cannot sing.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
But wings we know not;
The feathers grow not
To carry us so high;
And low in the gloom
Of a little room
We weep and say good-bye.
"As It Is" by Edith Nesbit
The birds their vernal notes repeat,
And glad the thickening grove,
And feather'd partners fondly greet
With many a song of love:
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
No army e'er laid so many low
Or wounded so many hearts,
No mighty gunner e'er wrought such woe
As you with your feathered darts.
"Don Cupid" by Virna Sheard
And when prouder feathers go where
Summer holds her leafy show,
You still come to us from nowhere
Like grey leaves across the snow.
"To A Sparrow" by Francis Ledwidge
For there I picked up on the heather
And there I put inside my breast
A moulted feather, an eagle-feather!
Well, I forget the rest.
"Memorabilia" by Robert Browning

In news:

The beautiful city of San Francisco, Calif, which gave us such wonderful treasures as Nancy Pelosi and America's first Gay Day Parade, has now added another feather in its hat.
A Bit of Molasses and a Feather.
He said that they would put a little Molasses on each hand and give the baby a feather.
Most birds undergo a seasonal transformation in summer, losing and replacing their feathers in a process known as molting .
Molting describes when a bird replaces some (partial molt ) or all (full molt ) of its feathers.
Because growing new feathers requires a lot of metabolic energy, regular molts usually occur outside of other stressful life events like migration or breeding.
Not until March did Ruby, the RI Red, begin to molt, her red feathers flying all over the place with the March winds.
You can find Goose (your foul-feathered friend) in the Mosh Pit, moshing, throwing metal, and moshing, and stuff.
Into the Woods' rustles Mother Goose 's feathers.
Kill Big Bird or just pluck some of his feathers.
Seems that Mr Feather Ruffler, Kanye West, sees himself as a music critic and psychic.
Feather O'Connor Houstoun is a senior adviser to the Wyncote Foundation and is a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
Not movies that depict football games, such as "Friday Night Lights" or "Any Given Sunday" or even "Horse Feathers," the Marx Brothers vehicle that spoofed the ills of recruiting nearly a century ago.
This week, Iraq takes over the Arab League presidency from Qatar, which has ruffled feathers with its surge in leadership.
THERE are a couple of points of view about those feathered, furry, or otherwise costumed characters who cavort on the sidelines of sports events.

In science:

We may also be interested in the flight patterns of a large flock of Canadian Geese, but we may not be interested in the color patterns of their feathers.
Complex Systems
This is another feather in the cap of the directed polymer problem.
Directed polymers and Randomness
This plausibility argument that sexual selection can drive speciation is supported by a recent investigation of speciation and feather ornaments in birds [156].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
IPV6 will be the most distinct feather of next generation Internet.
Domain resource integration system
Feather and D.R Harris. “ Representation and Presentation of Requirements Knowledge”.
Cognitive Process of Comprehension in Requirement Analysis in IT Applications
Finally, the methodology is illustrated by applying it to several published data sets: maximum discharge of the Feather river, glass breaking strength, and the Belgian Secure Re claim size data.
Testing for tail behavior using extreme spacings
The third example analyzes the annual maximum discharge, in thousands of cubic feet, of the Feather River from 1902 to 1960.
Testing for tail behavior using extreme spacings
Thus, in principle, the best way to gain assurance in the security of a cryptographic application is to analyze it as a single unit, bones and feathers included.
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited
The main feather of our results is that we need not put uniqueness restriction on the steady state.
Positive solutions of Robin problem for semilinear elliptic equations and a threshold result
Birds of a feather: Homophily in social networks.
Being Rational or Aggressive? A Revisit to Dunbar's Number in Online Social Networks
For example, the defeater ¬ has-intact-flight-feathers ¬flies might be used to prevent a proof of flies from {bird } ⇒ flies, but it cannot be used to directly prove ¬flies .
Interdefinability of defeasible logic and logic programming under the well-founded semantics
Its left wing is the path extending from rootL (a) to its left wingtip; its right wing is defined analogously. A non-wingtip leaf v ∈ T|a is a left feather if it is the rightmost descendant of some u in T|a (possibly u = v), which is a child of a left wing node in T|a ; right feathers are defined symmetrical ly.
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
The term feather also refers to the occurrence of a ∈ B(v) in S if v is a feather of T|a .
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
Lemma 2.6 reveals the connection between feathers and nested symbols.
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences
If the fol lowing criteria are satisfied then a and b are nested in B(v). i. v is not a wingtip in either T|a or T|b . ii. v is not a feather in either T|a or T|b . iii. v is either a left node or right node in both T|a and T|b .
Tightish Bounds on Davenport-Schinzel Sequences