Pronunciation: fēd
v. t.1.To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.
[imp. & p. p. Fed (fĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Feeding.]
If thine enemy hunger, feed him.
- Rom. xii. 20.
2.To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire.
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
- Shak.
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 my people Israel.
- 2 Sam. v. 2.
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.) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5.The water supplied to steam boilers.
6.(Mach.) 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.
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
Feed heater
a - (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.
- Knight.
b - A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.
Feed motion
(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.
Feed screw
in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.
- Knight.
Feed water
water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.
Feed wheel
(Mach.) a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.
Noun1.feed - food for domestic livestock
Synonyms: provender
Verb1.feed - provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
2.feed - give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
Synonyms: give
famish, starve - deprive of food; "They starved the prisoners"
3.feed - feed into; supply; "Her success feeds her vanity"
4.feed - introduce continuously; "feed carrots into a food processor"
Synonyms: feed in
5.feed - support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"
6.feed - take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
Synonyms: eat
7.feed - serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
8.feed - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
Synonyms: course, flow, run
9.feed - profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity"
Synonyms: prey
10.feed - gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
Synonyms: feast
11.feed - provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
Synonyms: fertilize, fertilise
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