quilling [kwil-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the flutes or ridges in quilled material.
  2. quilled fabric, lace, ribbon, etc.
  3. copping.

Origin of quilling First recorded in 1630–40; quill + -ing1 quill [kwil] noun

  1. one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
  2. the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
  3. a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
  4. one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
  5. a plectrum of a harpsichord.
  6. a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
  7. a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
  8. a bobbin or spool.
  9. a toothpick.
  10. Machinery.
    1. a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
    2. a shaft, joined to and supported by two other shafts or machines, for transmitting motion from one to the other.
    3. a rotating toolholder used in boring or facing internal angles.
  11. a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.

verb (used with object)

  1. Textiles.
    1. to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
    2. to wind on a quill, as yarn.
  2. to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
  3. to extract a quill or quills from: to quill a duck before cooking it.

Origin of quill 1375–1425; late Middle English quil; compare Low German quiele, German Kiel Related formsquill-like, adjectiveCan be confusedquail quell quill Examples from the Web for quilling Historical Examples of quilling

  • Finish the muff at the edges by a cord or a quilling of ribbon.

    The Ladies’ Knitting and Netting Book

    Miss Watts

  • She was quilling it, and looked up with some astonishment as I walked up to her.

    Crowded Out! and Other Sketches

    Susie F. Harrison

  • New barège dresses are made with three flounces, scalloped, and trimmed at the edge with a quilling of ribbon.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4, July, 1851


  • Pardessus of the same material, trimmed all round with a quilling of plain purple ribbon.

    Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II


  • In quilling or setting on the lace, endeavour to conceal the darns under the pleats.

    Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book

    Eliza Leslie

  • British Dictionary definitions for quilling quilling noun

    1. decorative craftwork in which a material such as glass, fabric, or paper is formed into small bands or rolls that form the basis of a design

    quill noun

      1. any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
      2. the long hollow central part of a bird’s feather; calamus
    1. a bird’s feather made into a pen for writing
    2. any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
    3. a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
    4. angling a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
    5. a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
    6. (in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
    7. a fluted fold, as in a ruff
    8. a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft

    verb (tr)

    1. to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
    2. to make or press fluted folds in (a ruff)

    Word Origin for quill C15 (in the sense: hollow reed or pipe): of uncertain origin; compare Middle Low German quiele quill Word Origin and History for quilling quill n.

    c.1400, “piece of reed or hollow stem of a feather,” probably related to Middle High German kil “quill,” from Low German quiele, of unknown origin. Meaning “pen made from a (goose) quill” is from 1550s; that of “porcupine spine” is from c.1600.

    quilling in Science quill [kwĭl]

    1. The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird’s skin.
    2. One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.

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