a person or thing that feels.
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.
Zoology. an organ of touch, as an antenna or a tentacle.
Also called feeler gauge .Engineering. a gauge having several blades of known thickness, used for measuring clearances.
Nautical. a device for indicating that the lead of a mechanical sounding device has come to the bottom.
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How to use feeler in a sentence
Privately, Banks put out feelers about running for the job himself.Tucker Carlson’s Ugly Feud With Eric Swalwell Has Sucked in Family | Maxwell Tani | August 27, 2021 | The Daily Beast
As In the Heights was declared the toast of Broadway, Hollywood started putting out feelers.How In the Heights went from a student musical to one of the summer’s biggest movies | Constance Grady | June 11, 2021 | Vox
Washington, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the 30-2 Compass Prep team, has gotten feelers from other schools, his father told the Athletic.Creighton loses a prized recruit over Coach Greg McDermott’s plantation comment | Cindy Boren | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
So for the past few years, Gordon has put out feelers to institutions to take over Lynne’s life’s work.The Internet’s Most Incredible Collection of Food History Has Been Saved | Dayna Evans | January 12, 2021 | Eater
All those cells allow these flexible feelers to operate almost on their own.
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.Astounding Stories, April, 1931 | Various
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
a person or thing that feels
an organ in certain animals, such as an antenna or tentacle, that is sensitive to touch
a remark designed to probe the reactions or intentions of other people
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Scientific definitions for feeler
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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