feeding

[ fee-ding ]
/ ˈfi dɪŋ /

noun

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

before 900; Middle English feding, Old English fēding. See feed, -ing1

Related forms

non·feed·ing, adjectiveun·feed·ing, adjective

Definition for feeding (2 of 2)

feed

[ feed ]
/ fid /

verb (used with object), fed, feed·ing.

verb (used without object), fed, feed·ing.

(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.

noun

Origin of feed

before 950; Middle English feden, Old English fēdan; cognate with Gothic fodjan, Old Saxon fōdian. See food

Related forms

feed·a·ble, adjectiveout·feed, verb (used with object), out·fed, out·feed·ing.re·feed, verb, re·fed, re·feed·ing.un·feed·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

13. Feed, fodder, forage, provender mean food for animals. Feed is the general word: pig feed; chicken feed. Fodder is especially applied to dry or green feed, as opposed to pasturage, fed to horses, cattle, etc.: fodder for winter feeding; Cornstalks are good fodder. Forage is food that an animal obtains (usually grass, leaves, etc.) by searching about for it: Lost cattle can usually live on forage. Provender denotes dry feed, such as hay, oats, or corn: a supply of provender in the haymow and corn cribs.
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British Dictionary definitions for feeding

feed

/ (fiːd) /

verb feeds, feeding or fed (fɛd) (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Forms

feedable, adjective

Word Origin for feed

Old English fēdan; related to Old Norse fœtha to feed, Old High German fuotan, Gothic fōthjan; see food, fodder
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Idioms and Phrases with feeding

feed


In addition to the idioms beginning with feed

  • feed one's face
  • feed someone a line
  • feed the kitty

also see:

  • bite the hand that feeds you
  • chicken feed
  • off one's feed
  • put on the feed bag
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