- 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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- 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 refeed
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.