Definitions of quill

  1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.
  2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn.
  3. To plait with small ridges like quills, to wind on a quill.
  4. To plait in small ridges.
  5. To plait, or to form with small ridges.
  6. To plait or form with small quill- like ridges; to wind on a quill, as thread or yarn.
  7. any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
  8. A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.
  9. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather.
  10. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill.
  11. A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
  12. The pen of a squid. See Pen.
  13. The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.
  14. The tube of a musical instrument.
  15. Something having the form of a quill
  16. The fold or plain of a ruff.
  17. A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.
  18. A hollow spindle.
  19. The large strong feather of a bird's wing or tail; a pen made from such a feather; one of the long sharp spines of the porcupine.
  20. A reed- pen: the feather of a goose or other bird used as a pen: a pen: anything like a quill: the spine, as of a porcupine: the reed on which weavers wind their thread: the instrument for striking the strings of certain instruments: the tube of a musical instrument.
  21. A large feather; pen; anything like a quill.
  22. A large, strong feather of a bird; a hollow, sharp spine of a porcupine.
  23. A pen.
  24. A rounded ridge, or fold, as in a ruffle.
  25. The large strong feather of a bird's wing; a writing implement; the spine of a porcupine; a piece of small reed on which weavers wind their thread; an instrument to strike the strings of certain instruments.
  26. One of the large strong feathers of a goose or other large bird, used in making pens for writing; an instrument for writing; the spine of a porcupine; the piece of reed on which weavers wind the thread which is to form the woof of cloth.
  27. The calamus of a feather.
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