[ fee-ler ]
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  1. a person or thing that feels.

  2. a proposal, remark, hint, etc., designed to bring out the opinions or purposes of others: Interested in an accord, both labor and management were putting out feelers.

  1. Zoology. an organ of touch, as an antenna or a tentacle.

  2. Also called feeler gauge .Engineering. a gauge having several blades of known thickness, used for measuring clearances.

  3. Nautical. a device for indicating that the lead of a mechanical sounding device has come to the bottom.

Origin of feeler

First recorded in 1520–30; feel + -er1

Words Nearby feeler

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How to use feeler in a sentence

  • He threw out this last suggestion as a kind of feeler; and then suddenly made the plunge.

    North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • A mild electrical shock coursed through his body, as if an invisible feeler had passed over him.

    The Whispering Spheres | Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • The feeler had all but touched Quade, and with the closeness of his escape, the remnants of his courage gave.

  • It's feeler rays, Dr. Lee; the first wave, low penetration surface rays.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • The huge disk with the feeler-ray antennae sank down close to his chest, heavy as the keystone upon a tomb.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for feeler


/ (ˈfiːlə) /

  1. a person or thing that feels

  2. an organ in certain animals, such as an antenna or tentacle, that is sensitive to touch

  1. a remark designed to probe the reactions or intentions of other people

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Scientific definitions for feeler


[ lər ]

  1. A slender body part used for touching or sensing. The antennae of insects and the barbels of catfish are feelers.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with feeler


see put out feelers.

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