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underfeed

[uhn-der-feed for 1; uhn-der-feed for 2]
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verb (used with object), un·der·fed, un·der·feed·ing.
  1. to feed insufficiently.
  2. to feed with fuel from beneath.

Origin of underfeed

First recorded in 1650–60; under- + feed
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Examples from the Web for underfeed

Historical Examples

  • The most complacent Britisher cannot hope to draw off the life-blood, and underfeed, and keep it up forever.

    The People of the Abyss

    Jack London

  • Underfeed your rank and file, and what sort of a fight are you going to put up against your rivals.

  • It is a much more serious risk to overfeed the baby than to underfeed him.


British Dictionary definitions for underfeed

underfeed

verb (ˌʌndəˈfiːd) -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)
  1. to give too little food to
  2. to supply (a furnace, engine, etc) with fuel from beneath
noun (ˈʌndəˌfiːd)
  1. an apparatus by which fuel, etc, is supplied from below
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