fletching

[flech-ing]
noun
the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.
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fletch

[flech]
verb (used with object)
to provide (an arrow) with a feather.

Origin:
1625–35; back formation from fletcher

unfletched, adjective
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fletch (flɛtʃ)
 
vb
another word for fledge
 
[C17: probably back formation from fletcher]

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fletch
mid-17c., variant of fledge (v.); also see fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.
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Example sentences
The fletching of each consists of portions of what appear to be three different types of feathers.
The term also describes the synthetic fletching that replaces feathers on modern arrows.
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