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Quill Meaning & Definition
Quill Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Quill?

[n] a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
[n] the hollow shaft of a feather
[n] any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
[n] pen made from a bird's feather

Synonyms | Synonyms for Quill: calamus | flight feather | pinion | quill feather | quill pen | shaft

Related Terms | Find terms related to Quill:

See Also | Erinaceus europaeus | Erinaceus europeaeus | feather | hedgehog | pen | plumage | plume | porcupine | primary | primary feather | primary quill | rib | spine | tail feather | wing

Quill In Webster's Dictionary

\Quill\, n. (Pharm.) A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.
\Quill\, n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see {Kayless}); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and Ir. cuille a quill.] 1. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather. 2. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill. --Sir H. Wotton. 3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine. (b) The pen of a squid. See {Pen}. 4. (Mus.) (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. (b) The tube of a musical instrument. He touched the tender stops of various quills. --Milton. 5. Something having the form of a quill; as: (a) The fold or plain of a ruff. (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle. (c) (Mach.) A hollow spindle. {Quill bit}, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a gouge. {Quill driver}, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk. [Jocose] {Quill nib}, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder. --Simmonds.
\Quill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quilling}.] 1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle. His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff. --Goldsmith. 2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. --Judd.

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