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
Just as wild birds "fledge" - take their first flight - penguins take their first swim.
And then, we have kind of fledge factor on either side.
Sadly, because we found our wine so late, and things have been hectic with a sick 9-month old here at the LENNDEVOURS world headquarters there wasn't time for a full-fledge review, meaning that I didn't taste it blind or even pull my notebook out.
Firstly, it has already been reported that at least 14,000 Ivorians have crossed the border into Liberia, seeking refuge, as they fear the resumption of a full fledge civil war.
If it is a deflagration the explosion propagates at subsonic velocity, as opposed to a full fledge detonation where there is a supersonic shock front.
There are manly love songs (like the mid-tempo "Heartache That Don't Stop Hurting," stopped from being a full-fledge weeper only by Aldean's limited range).
Do you understand how rare it is to have eagles fledge three chicks?
To have a population which historicaly numbered 72, have 60 pairs fledge three chicks is flabbergasting!!
Depending on food availability, chicks may fledge 60-120 days after hatching.
The mujahideen armies were girding for civil war -- and the failed state that would fledge the Taliban -- even as they administered the death blows to the Soviet army in Afghanistan.