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. (Zoöl.)

(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.

 

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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.

 

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Quill, n. (Pharm.)

A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.

 

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