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feeder

[fee-der] /ˈfi dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that supplies food or feeds something.
2.
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.
3.
a person or thing that takes food or nourishment.
4.
a livestock animal that is fed an enriched diet to fatten it for market.
Compare stocker (def 2).
5.
a person or device that feeds a machine, printing press, etc.
6.
a tributary stream.
10.
Also, feed. Electricity. a conductor, or group of conductors, connecting primary equipment in an electric power system.
11.
British. a baby's bib.
12.
Theater Slang. straight man.
adjective
13.
being, functioning as, or serving as a feeder.
14.
pertaining to livestock to be fattened for market.
Origin of feeder
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at feed, -er1
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Examples from the Web for feeder
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  • If the human body is a furnace, then the Zen body is a feeder pile.

    Zen Jerome Bixby
  • The cement bin and feeder is the small one in the foreground.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Back of this is shown the feeder for sand or gravel up to 2-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for feeder

feeder

/ˈfiːdə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that feeds or is fed
2.
a child's feeding bottle or bib
3.
(agriculture, mainly US & Canadian) a head of livestock being fattened for slaughter
4.
a person or device that feeds the working material into a system or machine
5.
a tributary channel, esp one that supplies a reservoir or canal with water
6.
  1. a road, service, etc, that links secondary areas to the main traffic network
  2. (as modifier): a feeder bus
7.
  1. a transmission line connecting an aerial to a transmitter or receiver
  2. a power line for transmitting electrical power from a generating station to a distribution network
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Word Origin and History for feeder
n.

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.

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