from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take care of (a young bird) until it is ready to fly.
- transitive v. To cover with or as if with feathers.
- transitive v. To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
- intransitive v. To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
- v. To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
- v. To decorate with feathers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
- v. To furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers necessary for flight.
- v. To furnish or adorn with any soft covering.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Able to fly: having the wings developed for flight; fledged.
- To acquire feathers large enough for flight; in general, to acquire full plumage: often with out: as, the young birds have fledged out.
- To feather or provide with plumage; provide with anything resembling plumage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
- v. grow feathers
- v. decorate with feathers
Probably from obsolete fledge, feathered, from Middle English flegge, from Old English *flycge; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)