Definitions for: Quill


[n] a stiff hollow protective spine on a porcupine or hedgehog
[n] the hollow shaft of a feather
[n] any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
[n] pen made from a bird's feather



Webster (1913) Definition: Quill, n. (Pharm.)
A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.


Quill, n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see
Kayless); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and Ir.
cuille a quill.]
1. 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.

2. 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. --Sir H. Wotton.

3. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.
(b) The pen of a squid. See Pen.

4. (Mus.)
(a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings
of certain instruments.
(b) The tube of a musical instrument.

He touched the tender stops of various quills.
--Milton.

5. Something having the form of a quill; as:
(a) The fold or plain of a ruff.
(b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood,
upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a
shuttle.
(c) (Mach.) A hollow spindle.

Quill bit, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed
split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a
gouge.

Quill driver, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk.
[Jocose]

Quill nib, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder.
--Simmonds.


Quill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quilled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quilling.]
1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings;
as, to quill a ruffle.

His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff. --Goldsmith.

2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. --Judd.

Synonyms: calamus, flight feather, pinion, quill feather, quill pen, shaft

See Also: Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus, feather, hedgehog, pen, plumage, plume, porcupine, primary, primary feather, primary quill, rib, spine, tail feather, wing

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Famous Quotes Containing Quill:


I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.

-- Jay Dratler ( -)

I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer. I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill.

-- Christopher Plummer (Canadian Actor)

As the knight of the quill never ventured into the fight, and only snuffed the battle afar, he knew nothing accurately of battles, but managed to pick up a few real or supposed incidents from the wounded and from stragglers.

-- Daniel H. Hill (American Soldier)


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