Definitions for: Feed


[n] food for domestic livestock
[v] introduce continuously; as into a machine or processor; "feed carrots into a food processor"
[v] provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; in agriculture and gardening; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
[v] give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
[v] take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
[v] serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
[v] feed into; supply; "Her success feeds her vanity"
[v] provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
[v] gratify; "feed one's eye on a gorgeous view"
[v] profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity"
[v] support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"



Webster (1913) Definition: Feed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Feeding.] [AS. f?dan, fr. f?da food; akin to C?. f?dian,
OFries f?da, f?da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae]?a,
Sw. f["o]da, Dan. f["o]de. ? 75. See Food.]
1. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy
the physical huger of.

If thine enemy hunger, feed him. --Rom. xii.
20.

Unreasonable reatures feed their young. --Shak.

2. To satisfy; grafity or minister to, as any sense, talent,
taste, or desire.

I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
--Shak.

Feeding him with the hope of liberty. --Knolles.

3. To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or
wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill;
to feed a furnace with coal.

4. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen,
develop, and guard.

Thou shalt feed people Israel. --2 Sam. v. 2.

Mightiest powers by deepest calms are feed. --B.
Cornwall.

5. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by
cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it
with sheep.

Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
--Mortimer.

6. To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for
consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed
water to a steam boiler.

7. (Mach.)
(a) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a
machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
(b) To produce progressive operation upon or with (as in
wood and metal working machines, so that the work
moves to the cutting tool, or the tool to the work).


Feed, v. i.
1. To take food; to eat.

Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it
would not feed. --De Foe.

2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed
one's self (upon something); to prey; -- with on or upon.

Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. --Shak.

3. To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by
food. ``He feeds upon the cooling shade.'' --Spenser.

4. To place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze.

If a man . . . shall put in his beast, and shall
feed in another man's field. --Ex. xxii. 5.


Feed, n.
1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder;
pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed
for sheep.

2. A grazing or pasture ground. --Shak.

3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a
meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.

4. A meal, or the act of eating. [R.]

For such pleasure till that hour At feed or fountain
never had I found. --Milton.

5. The water supplied to steam boilers.

6. (Mach.)
(a) The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to
be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing
machine; or of producing progressive operation upon
any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning
lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the
work.
(b) The supply of material to a machine, as water to a
steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of
stones.
(c) The mechanism by which the action of feeding is
produced; a feed motion.

Feed bag, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule.


Feed cloth, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other
fiber, into a machine, as for carding, etc.

Feed door, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal.

Feed head.
(a) A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam
boiler.
(b) (Founding) An excess of metal above a mold, which
serves to render the casting more compact by its
pressure; -- also called a riser, deadhead, or
simply feed or head --Knight.

Feed heater.
(a) (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for
the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.
(b) A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.


Feed motion, or Feed gear (Mach.), the train of mechanism
that gives motion to the part that directly produces the
feed in a machine.

Feed pipe, a pipe for supplying the boiler of a steam
engine, etc., with water.

Feed pump, a force pump for supplying water to a steam
boiler, etc.

Feed regulator, a device for graduating the operation of a
feeder. --Knight.

Feed screw, in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a
regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.

Feed water, water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.

Feed wheel (Mach.), a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.

Synonyms: feast, feed in, fertilise, fertilize, give, prey, provender

Antonyms: famish, starve

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