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feath•er /ˈfɛðɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Birds[countable] one of the light, horny structures that form the principal covering of birds.
  2. condition, as of health, spirits, etc.:[uncountable]feeling in fine feather after a vacation.

v. [+ object]
  1. to clothe or cover with or as if with feathers.
  1. Idiomsa feather in one's cap, a praiseworthy achievement;
    honor:It was a feather in his cap to be named to the town council.
  2. Idiomsfeather one's nest, to enrich oneself by using one's favorable or privileged position:feathered her own nest instead of helping her clients.

feath•ered, adj. 
feath•er•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

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feath•er  (feᵺər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsone of the horny structures forming the principal covering of birds, consisting typically of a hard, tubular portion attached to the body and tapering into a thinner, stemlike portion bearing a series of slender, barbed processes that interlock to form a flat structure on each side.
  2. kind;
    nature:two boys of the same feather.
  3. Zoologysomething like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair.
  4. something very light, small, or trivial:Your worry is a mere feather.
  5. [Archery.]one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart.
  6. Building[Carpentry.]a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards.
  7. Building[Masonry.]See under  plug and feathers. 
  8. Jewelrya featherlike flaw, esp. in a precious stone.
  9. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]See  feather key. 
  10. [Archaic.]attire.
  11. [Obs.]plumage.
  12. Idiomsa feather in one's cap, a praiseworthy accomplishment;
    honor:Being chosen class president is a feather in her cap.
  13. Idiomsbirds of a feather. See  bird (def. 12).
  14. Idiomsin fine or  high feather, in good form, humor, or health:feeling in fine feather.
  15. Idiomsruffle someone's feathers, to anger, upset, or annoy (another person).
  16. Idiomssmooth one's ruffled or  rumpled feathers, to regain one's composure;
    become calm:After the argument, we each retired to our own rooms to smooth our ruffled feathers.

  1. to provide with feathers, as an arrow.
  2. to clothe or cover with or as with feathers.
  3. Sport[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.
  4. [Aeron.]
    • 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. Birdsto grow feathers.
  2. to be or become feathery in appearance.
  3. to move like feathers.
  4. Sport[Rowing.]to feather an oar.
  5. Dialect Termsfeather into, [South Midland U.S.]to attack (a person, task, or problem) vigorously.
  6. Idiomsfeather one's nest, to take advantage of the opportunities to enrich oneself:The mayor had used his term of office to feather his nest.
feather•less, adj. 
feather•less•ness, n. 
feather•like′, adj. 
  • bef. 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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tar1 /tɑr/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  tarred, tar•ring, adj. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. Chemistrya black, thick substance that can be shaped when hot and is hard when cold, used for making roads, etc.:hot tar smeared on the highways.
  2. Chemistrysolid material produced when tobacco burns:cigarette tar.

v. [+ object]
  1. to smear or cover with or as if with tar.

  1. of or relating to tar.
  2. covered or smeared with tar;
  1. Idiomstar and feather, [+ object] to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment.

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tar1 (tär),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  tarred, tar•ring, adj. 

  1. Chemistryany of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or wood.
  2. Chemistrycoal-tar pitch.
  3. Chemistrysmoke solids or components:cigarette tar.
  4. beat, knock, or  whale the tar out of, [Informal.]to beat mercilessly:The thief had knocked the tar out of the old man and left him for dead.

  1. to smear or cover with or as if with tar.
  2. tar and  feather: 
    • to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation.
    • to punish severely:She should be tarred and feathered for what she has done.

  1. of or characteristic of tar.
  2. covered or smeared with tar;
  3. tarred with the same brush, possessing the same shortcomings or guilty of the same misdeeds:The whole family is tarred with the same brush.
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English tarr(e), ter(re), Old English teru; cognate with Dutch, German teer, Old Norse tjara; akin to tree; (verb, verbal) Middle English terren, Old English tierwian, derivative of the noun, nominal

tar2  (tär),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termsa sailor.
  • perh. short for tarpaulin 1740–50
    seafarer, gob. See  sailor. 

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feather /ˈfɛðə/ n
  1. any of the flat light waterproof epidermal structures forming the plumage of birds, each consisting of a hollow shaft having a vane of barbs on either side. They are essential for flight and help maintain body temperature
  2. something resembling a feather, such as a tuft of hair or grass
  3. a bird's feather or artificial substitute fitted to an arrow to direct its flight
  4. the feathered end of an arrow, opposite the head
  5. the position of an oar turned parallel to the water between strokes
  6. condition of spirits; fettle: in fine feather
  7. something of negligible value; jot: I don't care a feather
  8. feather in one's capa cause for pleasure at one's achievements
  1. (transitive) to fit, cover, or supply with feathers
  2. to turn (an oar) parallel to the water during recovery between strokes, principally in order to lessen wind resistance
  3. to change the pitch of (an aircraft propeller) so that the chord lines of the blades are in line with the airflow
  4. (intransitive) (of a bird) to grow feathers
  5. feather one's nestto provide oneself with comforts, esp financial
Etymology: Old English fether; related to Old Frisian fethere, Old Norse fjöthr feather, Old High German fedara wing, Greek petesthai to fly, Sanskrit patati he flies

ˈfeather-ˌlike adj ˈfeathery adj

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