1The plumage of a bird or part of a bird.
- The breast and belly are solid white, contrasting sharply with the rufous feathering on the legs.
- The many juvenile harriers working the mound wore their orange winter plumage, a stark contrast to the hawk's black, white, and brown feathering.
- The juvenile looks similar but lacks the white facial feathering and black markings on the belly.
1.1Featherlike markings or structure: traditional finishes such as marbling and feathering
More example sentences
- To keep these elements of the image alive, Newman made himself into a virtuoso of sorts, alternating deliberate feathering and scumbling with less easily controlled effects of bleeding and soaking.
- ‘Philadelphia,’from the Amaryllis family, has white with salmon-red feathering, and huge double flowers.
- Snyder became renowned for his delicate layered brushstrokes painstakingly applied to produce highly detailed feathering.
2The action of varying the angle of propellers, rotor blades, or oars so as to reduce air or water resistance.
- The sound he had heard was the feathering of the starboard prop.
- The pilot looked toward the left engine to confirm the feathering.
- Consequently, feathering will not be able to produce the asymmetry necessary for the rowing appendage to generate net thrust.
For editors and proofreaders
Definition of feathering in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.