quilling [kwil-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- the flutes or ridges in material.
- fabric, lace, ribbon, etc.
Origin of quilling First recorded in 1630–40;+ quill [kwil] noun
- one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird.
- the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather.
- a feather, as of a goose, formed into a pen for writing.
- one of the hollow spines on a porcupine or hedgehog.
- a plectrum of a harpsichord.
- a roll of bark, as of cinnamon, formed in drying.
- a reed or other hollow stem on which yarn is wound.
- a bobbin or spool.
- a toothpick.
- a hollow shaft or sleeve through which another independently rotating shaft may pass.
- a shaft, joined to and supported by two other shafts or machines, for transmitting motion from one to the other.
- a rotating toolholder used in boring or facing internal angles.
- a musical pipe, especially one made from a hollow reed.
verb (used with object)
- to arrange (fabric) in flutes or cylindrical ridges, as along the edge of a garment, hem, etc.
- to wind on a quill, as yarn.
- to penetrate with, or as if with, a quill or quills.
- 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 confusedquill Examples from the Web for quilling Historical Examples of quilling
Finish the muff at the edges by a cord or a quilling of ribbon.
She was quilling it, and looked up with some astonishment as I walked up to her.
Susie F. Harrison
New barège dresses are made with three flounces, scalloped, and trimmed at the edge with a quilling of ribbon.
Pardessus of the same material, trimmed all round with a quilling of plain purple ribbon.
In quilling or setting on the lace, endeavour to conceal the darns under the pleats.
British Dictionary definitions for quilling quilling noun
- 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
- any of the large stiff feathers of the wing or tail of a bird
- the long hollow central part of a bird’s feather; calamus
- a bird’s feather made into a pen for writing
- any of the stiff hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog
- a device, formerly usually made from a crow quill, for plucking a harpsichord string
- angling a length of feather barb stripped of barbules and used for the body of some artificial flies
- a small roll of bark, esp one of dried cinnamon
- (in weaving) a bobbin or spindle
- a fluted fold, as in a ruff
- a hollow shaft that rotates upon an inner spindle or concentrically about an internal shaft
- to wind (thread, yarn, etc) onto a spool or bobbin
- 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]
- The hollow shaft of a feather, the bottom of which attaches to the bird’s skin.
- One of the sharp hollow spines of a porcupine or hedgehog.