noun (plural: feathers)
adjective or feathered
- A branching, hair-like structure that grows on the wings of birds that allows their wings to create lift.
- In engineering or manufacturing a feather(ed) edge is a finely bevelled edge
- An antenna or appendage used for feeling, esp. on an insect.
- Someone or something that feels
- Someone of feminine sex or gender.
- Something of feminine sex or gender.
- Belonging or referring to the sex which is generally characterized as the one associated with the larger gametes (for species which have two sexes and for which this distinction can be made).
- (context, figurative, electronics) Having an internal socket, as in a connector or pipe fitting.
- A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
verb (fenc, ing)
- 1865, w:Horatio Alger, Horatio Alger, s:Paul Prescott's Charge/Chapter XVII, Paul Prescott's Charge - Chapter XVII,
- : There was a weak place in the separating the two inclosures
- A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
- The place whence such a middleman operates.
- Skill in oral debate.
- The art or practice of fencing.
- 1599, w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
- : I bruised my shin th' other day with playing at sword and dagger with a master of
- A guard or guide on machinery.
- (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
- 1856, w:George A. Smith, George A. Smith, s:Journal of Discourses/Volume3/The Leaven of the Gospel, etc., The Saints Should Divest Themselves of Old Traditions,
- :Here are twenty acres of land, and it is all you can properly farm, unless you have more help than yourself. Now and cultivate it, and you can make an abundant living.
- (transitive) To defend or guard.
- (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
- (intransitive) To engage in (the sport) fencing.
- 1921, w:Rafael Sabatini, Rafael Sabatini, s:Scaramouche/Book III/Chapter VI, Scaramouche,
- :Challenges are flying right and left between these bully-swordsmen, these spadassinicides, and poor devils of the robe who have never learnt to with anything but a quill.
- (intransitive) (italbrac, equestrian) To jump over a fence.
- An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
- An ability in a role-play game which is not commonly available, overpowered or arbitarily imposed by the referees.
- 1998: Mr MI Pennington, Can the Players be Trusted? on rec.games.frp.live-action http://groups.google.co.uk/group/rec.games.frp.live-action/browse_thread/thread/13742e3a1c45df34/f9662af9a11a42d3?lnk=st&q=flange+roleplay&rnum=1
- f9662af9a11a42d3 The enduring problem with the Gathering is that players can't affect anything that happens ... whatever they do, the LT just flange it back to the original plot line.
- 2007: balor, Changing the metaphysics on Rule 7 http://forums.rule7.co.uk/Topic28357-44-2.aspx 'Oh look , the amulet of flange has been activated, this means all Paladins now only have one heal per day instead of two.'
- (vulgar, slang) A vagina.
- 2001: tedfat, Flange!!!! in alt.society.nottingham http://groups.google.com/group/alt.society.nottingham/browse_thread/thread/7d1653d74a6ac61b/4fdf1b47e3e1bb70?lnk=st&q=%22her+flange%22&rnum=9&hl=en
- :I was in bed the other day with the missus and I asked to see her . Imagine my surprise when she got up went downstairs to my toolbox and brought me up a metal looking object called a flange!!!!! Needless to say when she asked to see my nuts the next time I obliged by doing exactly the same as her.
- 2003: Ray Gordon, Hot Sheets http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1562013920&id=c4hY8RgKlGgC&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=flange+fuck&sig=8rlmxhjFq0jxtxQ_cW333gA5u5Q&hl=en
- :'God, she's got a tight !' the plumber gasped, splaying the girl's buttocks and focusing on her O-ring.
- 2003: Ron Gould, Question about Heat in alt.support.ostomy http://groups.google.com/group/alt.support.ostomy/browse_thread/thread/1392f0c95f3550d5/136cf7f1804fb95b?lnk=st&q=%22her+flange%22&rnum=5&hl=en
- :When she lived in Arizona, she used to drape a washcloth on her underwear, hanging in front of her pouch. She always said it would keep the blazing heat of the sun off her , especially when the Arizona sun would be mercilessly coming in thru the car windshield.
- The collective noun for a group of baboons.
- The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- The side of a military formation.
- A side of something.
- The outermost strip of a road.
- (transitive) To attack the flank(s) of something.
- (transitive) To defend the flank(s) of something.
- (transitive) To place to the side(s) of something.
- To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
- Nautical: Maximum (of speed). Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack (All ahead flank!).
- The movement of a fluid.
- The rising movement of the tide.
- smoothness, Smoothness or continuity.
- The room was small, but it had good symmetry and .
- The amount of a fluid that moves or the rate of fluid movement.
- Turn on the valve and make sure you have sufficient .
- (psychology) the state of be at one with, being at one with.
- (intransitive) To move as a fluid from one position to another.
- (intransitive) To move or match smoothly, gracefully, or continuously.
- The writing is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't .
- a rotating mass used to maintain the speed of a machine within certain limits while the machine receives or releases energy at a varying rate
- One who follows.
- The thing that comes after another thing.
- One who is a part of another's group, such as a servant or retainer.
- One who adheres to the opinions, ideas, or teachings of another.
- A man courting a maidservant.
- Young cattle.
- A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
- (obsolete) A gallows.
- A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
- A tuning-fork.
- An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
- A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions (see image).
- (chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
- (computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process execute, executing parts of the same program.
- (computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
- crotch, Crotch (British usage).
- To use a fork to move food to the mouth.
- (context, computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicate, duplicating the existing process.
- (context, computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
- To kick someone in the crotch.