- a person or thing that supplies food or feeds something.
- a bin or boxlike device from which farm animals may eat, especially such a device designed to allow a number of chickens to feed simultaneously or to release a specific amount of feed at regular intervals.
- a person or thing that takes food or nourishment.
- a livestock animal that is fed an enriched diet to fatten it for market.Compare stocker(def 2).
- a person or device that feeds a machine, printing press, etc.
- a tributary stream.
- bird feeder.
- feeder line.
- feeder road.
- Also feed. Electricity. a conductor, or group of conductors, connecting primary equipment in an electric power system.
- British. a baby's bib.
- Theater Slang. straight man.
- being, functioning as, or serving as a feeder.
- pertaining to livestock to be fattened for market.
Origin of feeder
Examples from the Web for feeder
At first Wales and Sanger conceived of Wikipedia merely as an adjunct to Nupedia, sort of like a feeder product or farm team.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Inside a feeder school for The Family, a secretive global network of evangelical power players.The Week’s Best Longreads for September 14, 2013
September 14, 2013
So, for that matter, would the recently revealed federal criminal investigation into the feeder funds.Why Are the Madoffs Still Free?
Allan Dodds Frank
March 12, 2010
She then founded the Bank Medici AG in Vienna and used it as a feeder fund for Madoff.
Some feeder funds, which directed money Bernie Madoff's way, ended up hundreds of millions of dollars in the black.
If the human body is a furnace, then the Zen body is a feeder pile.Zen
The cement bin and feeder is the small one in the foreground.
Back of this is shown the feeder for sand or gravel up to 2-in.
Of the two fragments, the smaller was militarily important only as a feeder to the other.Admiral Farragut
A. T. Mahan
It used to follow its feeder about, and displayed a most inoffensive disposition.Little Folks (July 1884)
- a person or thing that feeds or is fed
- a child's feeding bottle or bib
- agriculture, mainly US and Canadian a head of livestock being fattened for slaughter
- a person or device that feeds the working material into a system or machine
- a tributary channel, esp one that supplies a reservoir or canal with water
- a road, service, etc, that links secondary areas to the main traffic network
- (as modifier)a feeder bus
- a transmission line connecting an aerial to a transmitter or receiver
- a power line for transmitting electrical power from a generating station to a distribution network
Word Origin and History for feeder
early 15c., "one who feeds an animal;" 1560s, "one who eats;" agent noun from feed. As a mechanical apparatus, from 1660s. Of cattle and streams, by 1790s; of roads and railroads, by 1850s.