[kwil-ing] /ˈkwɪl ɪŋ/
the flutes or ridges in material.
fabric, lace, ribbon, etc.
one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
a plectrum of a harpsichord.
a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
a bobbin or spool.
a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
verb (used with object)
to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
to extract a quill or quills from:
to quill a duck before cooking it.
decorative craftwork in which a material such as glass, fabric, or paper is formed into small bands or rolls that form the basis of a design
a bird’s feather made into a pen for writing
any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
(angling) a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
(in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
a fluted fold, as in a ruff
a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)
c.1400, “piece of reed or hollow stem of a feather,” probably related to Middle High German kil “quill,” from Low German quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning “pen made from a (goose) quill” is from 1550s; that of “porcupine spine” is from c.1600.
A folded matchbook cover used to hold heroin or cocaine for sniffing (1960s+ Narcotics)
[kee-yawn] /kiˈyɔ̃/ noun, plural quillons [kee-yawn] /kiˈyɔ̃/ (Show IPA) 1. either of two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard of a sword. /French kijɔ̃/ noun 1. (often pl) either half of the extended crosspiece of a sword or dagger
[kwil-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈkwɪlˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/ noun 1. any fernlike, aquatic marsh plant of the genus Isoëtes, characterized by clustered, quill-like leaves bearing sporangia in their bases. /ˈkwɪlˌwɜːt/ noun 1. any aquatic tracheophyte plant of the genus Isoetes, with quill-like leaves at the bases of which are spore-producing structures: family Isoetaceae, phylum Lycopodophyta (club mosses, etc)
[kwil-wurk] /ˈkwɪlˌwɜrk/ noun 1. a type of decoration using softened and usually dyed porcupine or bird quills. 2. an American Indian handicraft or utility item decorated in this manner.
[kwilt] /kwɪlt/ noun 1. a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting. 2. anything or resembling a quilt. 3. a bedspread or counterpane, especially a […]