Quill definition

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A writing pen made from the shaft of a feather.
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One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
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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.

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A surname​.
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A weaver's spindle or bobbin.
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A toothpick made from the stem of a feather.
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A hollow shaft that rotates on a solid shaft when gears are engaged.
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A plectrum for a stringed instrument of the clavichord type.
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A pipe having a hollow stem.
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To wind (thread or yarn) onto a quill.
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To make or press small ridges in (fabric).
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To practice the art or craft of quilling.
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Any of the large, stiff wing or tail feathers of a bird.
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The hollow, horny stem of a feather; calamus.
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Any of the spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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Any of various things made from the quill of a feather, specif., a pen for writing.
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A musical pipe made of a hollow stem, reed, or cane.
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A hollow shaft in certain mechanical devices.
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(pharmacy) A small roll of dried bark, as of cinchona, cinnamon, etc.
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To form with or into quillings.
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To wind (thread or yarn) on a quill.
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To cover or pierce with quills, as of a porcupine.
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The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather.
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Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.
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One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird's skin.
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One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.
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The hollow stemlike main shaft of a feather.
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A spindle or bobbin around which yarn is wound in weaving.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quill
Plural:
quills

Origin of quill

  • Middle English quil

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition