(Feast"ful) a. Festive; festal; joyful; sumptuous; luxurious. "Feastful days." Milton.
(Feat) n. [OE. fet, OF. fet, fait, F. fait, factum, fr. L. facere, factum, to make or do. Cf. Fact,
1. An act; a deed; an exploit.
The warlike feats I have done.Shak.
2. A striking act of strength, skill, or cunning; a trick; as, feats of horsemanship, or of dexterity.
(Feat), v. t. To form; to fashion. [Obs.]
To the more mature,Shak.
A glass that feated them.
(Feat), a. [Compar. Feater ; superl. Featest.] [F. fait made, shaped, fit, p. p. of faire to make
or do. See Feat, n.] Dexterous in movements or service; skillful; neat; nice; pretty. [Archaic]
Never master had a page . . . so feat.Shak.
And look how well my garments sit upon me Shak.
Much feater than before.
(Feat"-bod`ied) a. Having a feat or trim body. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Feat"e*ous) a. [Cf. OF. faitis, faitice, fetis, well made, fine, L. facticius made by art.] Dexterous; neat.
(Feath"er) n. [OE. fether, AS. feðer; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fjöðr, Sw.
fjäder, Dan. fjæder, Gr. ptero`n wing, feather, pe`tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and
prob. to L. penna feather, wing. &radic76, 248. Cf. Pen a feather.]
1. One of the peculiar dermal appendages, of several kinds, belonging to birds, as contour feathers,
quills, and down.
An ordinary feather consists of the quill or hollow basal part of the stem; the shaft or rachis, forming the
upper, solid part of the stem; the vanes or webs, implanted on the rachis and consisting of a series of
slender laminæ or barbs, which usually bear barbules, which in turn usually bear barbicels and interlocking
hooks by which they are fastened together. See Down, Quill, Plumage.
2. Kind; nature; species; from the proverbial phrase, "Birds of a feather," that is, of the same species.
I am not of that feather to shake offShak.
My friend when he must need me.
3. The fringe of long hair on the legs of the setter and some other dogs.
4. A tuft of peculiar, long, frizzly hair on a horse.
5. One of the fins or wings on the shaft of an arrow.
6. (Mach. & Carp.) A longitudinal strip projecting as a fin from an object, to strengthen it, or to enter
a channel in another object and thereby prevent displacement sidwise but permit motion lengthwise; a