being, functioning as, or serving as a feeder.
pertaining to livestock to be fattened for market.

Nearby words

  1. feedback,
  2. feedback inhibition,
  3. feedback loop,
  4. feedbag,
  5. feedbox,
  6. feeder line,
  7. feeder road,
  8. feedgrain,
  9. feedhorn,
  10. feeding

Origin of feeder

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at feed, -er1

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Examples from the Web for feeder

British Dictionary definitions for feeder



a person or thing that feeds or is fed
a child's feeding bottle or bib
agriculture, mainly US and Canadian a head of livestock being fattened for slaughter
a person or device that feeds the working material into a system or machine
a tributary channel, esp one that supplies a reservoir or canal with water
  1. a road, service, etc, that links secondary areas to the main traffic network
  2. (as modifier)a feeder bus
  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



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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