- an apparatus or machine that automatically discharges a supply of some material, especially one consisting of a hopper and a trough for feeding livestock.
Origin of self-feeder
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for self-feeder
It is a self-feeder, and requires only a man and two boys to guide its operations.Old and New London
(nominal) engine of good type is sufficient for Huntingdon mill, rock breaker, self-feeder and steam pump.Getting Gold
J. C. F. Johnson
The self-feeder is arranged to cut the bands of the sheaves and feed the grain to the cylinder automatically.
Watch the forks of the pitchers to see that none are loose on the handles, especially if a self-feeder is used.
- any machine or device capable of automatically supplying materials when and where they are needed, esp one for making measured quantities of food constantly available to farm livestock
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