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any of the flat appendages growing from a bird’s skin and forming its plumage, consisting of a partly hollow horny shaft fringed with vanes of barbs. one of the feathers or featherlike vanes fastened to the shaft of an arrow or a dart.
) a fringe of long hair on the legs of a dog, horse, or other animal.
a small side branch on a tree.
1 [with object] rotate the blades of (a propeller) about their own axes in such a way as to lessen the air or water resistance. vary the angle of attack of (rotor blades). Rowing turn (an oar) so that it passes through the air edgewise:he turned, feathering one oar slowly 2 [no object] float, move, or wave like a feather:the green fronds feathered against a blue sky [with object] touch (someone or something) very lightly. 3 [with object] shorten or taper the hair by cutting or trimming:my sister had her hair feathered