- the act of a person or thing that feeds.
- an instance of eating or of taking or being given nourishment.
- grazing land.
Origin of feeding
- to give food to; supply with nourishment: to feed a child.
- to yield or serve as food for: This land has fed 10 generations.
- to provide as food.
- to furnish for consumption.
- to satisfy; minister to; gratify: Poetry feeds the imagination.
- to supply for maintenance or operation, as to a machine: to feed paper into a photocopier.
- to provide with the necessary materials for development, maintenance, or operation: to feed a printing press with paper.
- to use (land) as pasture.
- Theater Informal.
- to supply (an actor, especially a comedian) with lines or action, the responses to which are expected to elicit laughter.
- to provide cues to (an actor).
- Chiefly British.to prompt: Stand in the wings and feed them their lines.
- Radio and Television. to distribute (a local broadcast) via satellite or network.
- (especially of animals) to take food; eat: cows feeding in a meadow; to feed well.
- to be nourished or gratified; subsist: to feed on grass; to feed on thoughts of revenge.
- food, especially for farm animals, as cattle, horses or chickens.
- an allowance, portion, or supply of such food.
- Informal. a meal, especially a lavish one.
- the act of feeding.
- the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc.
- the material, or the amount of it, so fed or supplied.
- a feeding mechanism.
- Electricity. feeder(def 10).
- Theater Informal.
- a line spoken by one actor, the response to which by another actor is expected to cause laughter.
- an actor, especially a straight man, who provides such lines.
- a local television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, especially nationwide or international.
- Digital Technology.
- a website or application that publishes updates from social media or news-collection websites in reverse chronological order: I follow all of the latest celebrity gossip in my Twitter feed.
- an XML-based web document that is updated automatically at predetermined intervals and includes descriptive titles or short descriptions and links to recent pages on a website: Subscribe to news feeds to get the latest news from around the world.
- chain feed, to pass (work) successively into a machine in such a manner that each new piece is held in place by or connected to the one before.
- off one's feed, Slang.
- reluctant to eat; without appetite.
- dejected; sad.
- not well; ill.
Origin of feed
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Examples from the Web for feeding
Louisa also devotes much of her time to feeding underprivileged children in the desolate Kurland Village in South Africa.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf
November 20, 2014
Porter was convicted and shortly after sentenced to death by a judge who compared him to a shark in a feeding frenzy.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project
November 13, 2014
He described going to their home, feeding their dogs, and growing worried.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All
November 7, 2014
With the help of mobility aids and a feeding tube, she lived well past her initial prognosis of death by age 4.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
Perhaps he had been feeding off the relative youth of Paul, who appeared in need of a long nap by this point.Mitch McConnell’s Big Day: A Turtle Suns Himself
November 4, 2014
What effect do the feeding and care of poultry have upon it as food?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It's hard weather for the sheep an' a'm thinkin' this 'ill be a feeding storm.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 5
He sat there watching and feeding all through the long night.Self-Help
Give it nothing, I pray you, for it is not worth the feeding.The Lyric
He has a fascinating habit of feeding himself with his paws.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
- to give food toto feed the cat
- to give as foodto feed meat to the cat
- (intr) to eat foodthe horses feed at noon
- to provide food forthese supplies can feed 10 million people
- to provide what is necessary for the existence or development ofto feed one's imagination
- to gratify; satisfyto feed one's eyes on a beautiful sight
- (also intr) to supply (a machine, furnace, etc) with (the necessary materials or fuel) for its operation, or (of such materials) to flow or move forwards into a machine, etc
- to use (land) as grazing
- theatre informal to cue (an actor, esp a comedian) with lines or actions
- sport to pass a ball to (a team-mate)
- electronics to introduce (electrical energy) into a circuit, esp by means of a feeder
- (also intr; foll by on or upon) to eat or cause to eat
- the act or an instance of feeding
- food, esp that of animals or babies
- the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel
- the quantity of material or fuel so supplied
- computing a facility allowing web users to receive news headlines and updates on their browser from a website as soon as they are published
- the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc
- a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool
- theatre informal a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues
- informal a meal
Word Origin and History for feeding
Old English fedan "nourish, feed, sustain, foster," from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cf. Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 1892.