F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər/
    • /ˈfeð.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər/

Definitions of feathers word

  • noun feathers an apparatus for splitting stone, consisting of two tapered bars (feathers) inserted into a hole drilled into the stone, between which a narrow wedge (plug) is hammered to spread them. 1
  • verb with object feathers to provide with feathers, as an arrow. 1
  • verb with object feathers to clothe or cover with or as with feathers. 1
  • verb with object feathers Rowing. to turn (an oar) after a stroke so that the blade becomes nearly horizontal, and hold it thus as it is moved back into position for the next stroke. 1
  • verb with object feathers Aeronautics. to change the blade angle of (a propeller) so that the chords of the blades are approximately parallel to the line of flight. to turn off (an engine) while in flight. 1
  • verb without object feathers to grow feathers. 1

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Origin of feathers

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English fether; cognate with Dutch veder, German Feder, Old Norse fjǫthr; akin to Greek pterón, Sanskrit pátram wing, feather

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Parts of speech for Feathers


feathers popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

feathers usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for feathers

noun feathers

  • plumage — the entire feathery covering of a bird.
  • down — from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; toward, into, or in a lower position: to come down the ladder.
  • fluff — light, downy particles, as of cotton.
  • fuzz — loose, light, fibrous, or fluffy matter.

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