verb (used with object), fledged, fledging.
to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
to furnish with or as if with feathers or plumage.
to provide (an arrow) with feathers.
verb (used without object), fledged, fledging.
(of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
Archaic. (of young birds) able to fly.
(transitive) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
(transitive) Also called fletch. to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
(intransitive) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
(transitive) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
Old English *-flycge (Kentish -flecge),an adjective meaning “having the feathers, fit to fly,” from West Germanic *fluggja- (cf. Middle Dutch vlugge, Low German flügge), from root meaning “to fly” (see fly (v.)). As a verb, it is first attested in English 1560s. Related: Fledged; fledging.
[flej-ling] /ˈflɛdʒ lɪŋ/ noun 1. a young bird just . 2. an inexperienced person. adjective 3. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver. /ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ/ noun 1. a young bird that has just fledged 2. 1830 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning “young bird,” from fledge + diminutive suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856. fledgling (flěj’lĭng) […]
[flej-ee] /ˈflɛdʒ i/ adjective, fledgier, fledgiest. 1. feathered or feathery. /ˈflɛdʒɪ/ adjective fledgier, fledgiest 1. (rare) feathery or feathered
[flee] /fli/ verb (used without object), fled, fleeing. 1. to run away, as from danger or pursuers; take . 2. to move swiftly; ; speed. verb (used with object), fled, fleeing. 3. to run away from (a place, person, etc.). /fliː/ verb flees, fleeing, fled 1. to run away from (a place, danger, etc); fly: […]
[flees] /flis/ noun 1. the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal. 2. the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing. 3. something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky. 4. a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments. 5. […]