a rectangular key connecting the keyways of a shaft and a hub of a gear, pulley, etc., fastened in one keyway and free to slide in the other so that the hub can drive or be driven by the shaft at various positions along it.
[feth -er-leg-id, -legd] /ˈfɛð ərˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd/ adjective, Southern U.S. 1. .
[feth -er-lahyt] /ˈfɛð ərˈlaɪt/ adjective 1. extremely ; as a .
[feth -er] /ˈfɛð ər/ noun 1. one 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; character; […]
noun, Older Slang. 1. a person who avoids responsibility and effort; loafer. noun phrase [WWII armed forces; perhaps fr a group of small rather parasitic persons called feather merchants in the comic strip ”Barney Google”]