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fletch

Syllabification: fletch
Pronunciation: /fleCH
 
/

Definition of fletch in English:

verb

[with object]
Provide (an arrow) with feathers for flight: most arrows are fletched with 3- to 5-inch feathers
More example sentences
  • A yew longbow rested on his shoulder; the hawk feather fletched arrows were in the quiver on the other.
  • I said nothing as Ella aimed carefully and delivered six feather fletched arrows to the center circle on te target.
  • She now had her own elven bow that Tré had carved for her, and the silvery green, wooden arrows were fletched with owl feathers, and flew true.

noun

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Each of the feathered vanes of an arrow: [in combination]: a four-fletch arrow
More example sentences
  • The archers name or initials must be marked on the arrow shaft near the fletches or in the area provided by the manufacturer.
  • The faster the arrow the smaller the fletch can be (usually).
  • Usually three fletches are glued to the arrow shaft near the rear of the arrow.

Origin

mid 17th century: alteration of fledge, probably influenced by fletcher.

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