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fletching

[flech-ing] /ˈflɛtʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the feathers on an arrow, which stabilize it during flight.

fletch

[flech] /flɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide (an arrow) with a feather.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; back formation from fletcher
Related forms
unfletched, adjective
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Examples from the web for fletching
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fletching

fletch

/flɛtʃ/
verb
1.
another word for fledge (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: probably back formation from fletcher
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Word Origin and History for fletching

fletch

v.

mid-17c., variant of fledge (v.); also see fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.

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