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Compare Old French douille soft, and English ductile.



  1. feathery or woolly down; filament of a feather
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 3
      You fools! I and my fellows
      Are ministers of fate: the elements
      Of whom your swords are temper'd may as well
      Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
      Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
      One dowle that's in my plume; [...]
    • De Quincey, Notes on Godwin Foster and Hazlitt, at page 304 in the collected works' volume of 1864.
      No feather, or dowle of a feather, but was heavy enough for him.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dowle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)