One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The plumage of a bird or part of a bird.
- ‘They have longish bills, and they seem to have pale gape lines, though I can't tell whether that's skin or feathering.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Norwich is another large bird, sometimes called a feather pillow because of the bulk of its feathering.’
- ‘The feathering is so intricate that it looks like the iridescent scales of a fish.’
- ‘But there's also another theory that perhaps there were creatures actually living in the trees that had the downy feathering as well and flight started as an adaptation of the gliding between trees.’
- ‘Apparently Australian and English magpies are not close cousins although they have similar feathering.’
- ‘The breast and belly are solid white, contrasting sharply with the rufous feathering on the legs.’
- ‘However, the feathering is definitely thin, and this may cause the bird to chill.’
- 1.1 The feathers of an arrow.
- 1.2 Fringes of hairs on the appendages or body of a dog.
- ‘The springer's ears, chest, legs and belly are nicely furnished with a moderate fringe of feathering which is often trimmed geometrically to give the dog an elegant look.’
- 1.3 Featherlike markings or structure.‘traditional finishes such as marbling and feathering’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.4Architecture Cusping in tracery.
- ‘‘Rib edge feathering is a good early indicator of misalignment,’ Waibel says.’
- ‘For precision in the tool handling, feathering is a favorite technique with these graders.’
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.’
- ‘On final, I'd consider shutting down and feathering the second engine, toggling the prop horizontal again.’
- ‘Consequently, feathering will not be able to produce the asymmetry necessary for the rowing appendage to generate net thrust.’
- ‘But by extending the range in 1 yard increments, the technique, including in-flight feathering of the spool, becomes completely natural, and automatic.’
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