[ self-fee-der, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈfi dər, ˈsɛlf- /


an apparatus or machine that automatically discharges a supply of some material, especially one consisting of a hopper and a trough for feeding livestock.

Origin of self-feeder

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-feeder

  • (nominal) engine of good type is sufficient for Huntingdon mill, rock breaker, self-feeder and steam pump.

    Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
  • Watch the forks of the pitchers to see that none are loose on the handles, especially if a self-feeder is used.

  • The self-feeder is arranged to cut the bands of the sheaves and feed the grain to the cylinder automatically.

  • It is a self-feeder, and requires only a man and two boys to guide its operations.

    Old and New London|Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for self-feeder



any machine or device capable of automatically supplying materials when and where they are needed, esp one for making measured quantities of food constantly available to farm livestock
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