verb (used with object), fed, feeding.
to give food to; supply with nourishment:
to feed a child.
to yield or serve as food for:
This land has fed 10 generations.
to provide as food.
to furnish for consumption.
to satisfy; minister to; gratify:
Poetry feeds the imagination.
to supply for maintenance or operation, as to a machine:
to feed paper into a photocopier.
to provide with the necessary materials for development, maintenance, or operation:
to feed a printing press with paper.
to use (land) as pasture.
Radio and Television. to distribute (a local broadcast) via satellite or network.
verb (used without object), fed, feeding.
(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.
food, especially for farm animals, as cattle, horses or chickens.
an allowance, portion, or supply of such food.
Informal. a meal, especially a lavish one.
the act of feeding.
the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc.
the material, or the amount of it, so fed or supplied.
a feeding mechanism.
Electricity. (def 10).
a local television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, especially nationwide or international.
chain feed, to pass (work) successively into a machine in such a manner that each new piece is held in place by or connected to the one before.
off one’s feed, Slang.
verb (mainly transitive) feeds, feeding, fed (fɛd)
to give food to: to feed the cat
to give as food: to feed meat to the cat
(intransitive) to eat food: the horses feed at noon
to provide food for: these supplies can feed 10 million people
to provide what is necessary for the existence or development of: to feed one’s imagination
to gratify; satisfy: to feed one’s eyes on a beautiful sight
(also intransitive) to supply (a machine, furnace, etc) with (the necessary materials or fuel) for its operation, or (of such materials) to flow or move forwards into a machine, etc
to use (land) as grazing
(theatre, informal) to cue (an actor, esp a comedian) with lines or actions
(sport) to pass a ball to (a team-mate)
(electronics) to introduce (electrical energy) into a circuit, esp by means of a feeder
(also intransitive; foll by on or upon) to eat or cause to eat
the act or an instance of feeding
food, esp that of animals or babies
the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel
the quantity of material or fuel so supplied
(computing) a facility allowing web users to receive news headlines and updates on their browser from a website as soon as they are published
the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc
a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool
(theatre, informal) a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues
(informal) a meal
Old English fedan “nourish, feed, sustain, foster,” from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cf. Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan “to feed”), from PIE *pa- “to protect, feed” (see food). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
“action of feeding,” 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning “food for animals” is first attested 1580s. Of machinery, from 1892.
To board; take one’s meals; eat (1895+)
chicken feed, off one’s feed
[feed-bak] /ˈfidˌbæk/ noun 1. Electronics. 2. the furnishing of data concerning the operation or output of a machine to an automatic control device or to the machine itself, so that subsequent or ongoing operations of the machine can be altered or corrected. 3. a reaction or response to a particular process or activity: He got […]
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noun 1. Also called nose bag. a bag for feeding horses, placed before the mouth and fastened around the head with straps. Idioms 2. put on the feed bag, Slang. to have a meal; eat: When his friends put on the feed bag, they finish everything in sight. /ˈfiːdˌbæɡ/ noun 1. any bag in which […]