A quill being used as a pen.
The definition of a quill is a stiff feather in a bird's wing or tail, the hollow stem of a feather or the spines from a porcupine.
An example of a quill is what people used for writing with ink before metal pen tips were invented.
- any of the large, stiff wing or tail feathers of a bird
- the hollow, horny stem of a feather; calamus
- any of the spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
- any of various things made from the quill of a feather, specif., a pen for writing
- a musical pipe made of a hollow stem, reed, or cane
- a weaver's spindle or bobbin
- a hollow shaft in certain mechanical devices
- Pharmacy a small roll of dried bark, as of cinchona, cinnamon, etc.
Origin of quillMiddle English quil, hollow stalk, weaver's quill, probably from Middle Low German or MDu, as in Low German quiele, quill of a feather from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form gwel-, to stick, stab
- to form with or into quillings
- to wind (thread or yarn) on a quill (sense )
- to cover or pierce with quills, as of a porcupine
- The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather. Also called calamus .
- Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
- A writing pen made from the shaft of a feather.
- Music a. A plectrum for a stringed instrument of the clavichord type.b. A pipe having a hollow stem.
- A toothpick made from the stem of a feather.
- One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
- A spindle or bobbin around which yarn is wound in weaving.
- A hollow shaft that rotates on a solid shaft when gears are engaged.
verbquilled, quill·ing, quills
- To wind (thread or yarn) onto a quill.
- To make or press small ridges in (fabric).
To practice the art or craft of quilling.
Origin of quillMiddle English quil
- A surname.