• "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
    "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n feeling the experiencing of affective and emotional states "she had a feeling of euphoria","he had terrible feelings of guilt","I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
    • n feeling an intuitive understanding of something "he had a great feeling for music"
    • n feeling a physical sensation that you experience "he had a queasy feeling","I had a strange feeling in my leg","he lost all feeling in his arm"
    • n feeling the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin "she likes the touch of silk on her skin","the surface had a greasy feeling"
    • n feeling a vague idea in which some confidence is placed "his impression of her was favorable","what are your feelings about the crisis?","it strengthened my belief in his sincerity","I had a feeling that she was lying"
    • n feeling the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people "the feel of the city excited him","a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting","it had the smell of treason"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him
The illustrator feeling happy, yet looking 'board The illustrator feeling happy, yet looking 'board

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1994, 7-Eleven coined the term "brain freeze." The word was developed to explain the feeling people get when drinking a Slurpee.
    • Feeling An act or state of perception by the sense above described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself; consciousness. "The apprehension of the good
      Gives but the greater feeling to the worse."
    • Feeling Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility. "A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind.""Tenderness for the feelings of others."
    • Feeling Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his wrongs.
    • Feeling Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved; as, a feeling heart.
    • Feeling That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator.
    • Feeling The capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the sensibility not dependent on the body; as, a man of feeling; a man destitute of feeling.
    • Feeling The sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body, especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous sensibility to external objects. "Why was the sight
      To such a tender ball as the eye confined, . . . And not, as feeling , through all parts diffused?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Smiling releases endorphins in the body, which makes people feel better
    • n feeling The act of sensing or perceiving by sensation. Specifically The act of perceiving by touch, or the sense of touch.
    • n feeling A sensation. Specifically A sensation conveyed by the sense of touch.
    • n feeling The immediate quality of what is present to consciousness in sensation, desire, or emotion, considered apart from all activity of thought; the pure sense-element in consciousness; in a loose use, any element of consciousness not recognizable as thought or will. The word (that is, its equivalent) was introduced into philosophy as an exact term in this sense by Tetens, a German Wolffian philosopher of the eighteenth century. Kant modified the meaning, for the convenience of his system, so as to restrict it as in def. 4, below.
    • n feeling In a restricted sense, pleasure or pain; any state or element of consciousness having a pleasurable or a painful aspect.
    • n feeling Hence An emotion in so far as it is immediately present to consciousness, not having regard to the physiological disturbance which is one of its elements; the capacity for emotion; mental state, disposition, or faculty as regards emotion: as, a feeling of sympathy; a feeling of pride in the history of one's country. See emotion, 2.
    • n feeling Specifically Fine or refined sensibility; fine emotional endowment; especially, tenderness or affectionateness of heart; susceptibility; in an adverse sense, sentimentality: as, a man of feeling: sometimes in the plural: as, to hurt or injure one's feelings.
    • n feeling Obscure or vague perception; belief the reasons for which are not clearly understood: as, every one had a feeling of the truth of this statement.
    • n feeling Opinion or determination as founded on or resulting from emotion.
    • n feeling In the fine arts, the impression or emotion conveyed by the general expression of a work of art, or of some part or detail of it, especially as embodying a particular emotion or conception of the artist.
    • n feeling Synonyms Thought, etc. See sentiment.
    • feeling Possessing or affected by sensibility; easily affected or moved; experiencing emotion, especially that of sympathy or compassion: as, a feeling friend or advocate.
    • feeling Expressive of sensibility; manifesting emotion or earnestness; emotive; earnest: as, a feeling look or gesture; he spoke with feeling eloquence.
    • feeling Exciting sensibility; deeply felt or realized; affecting.
    • feeling Sensibly felt or realized; emotionally experienced; vivid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that the scent of Rosemary can help in better mental performance and make individuals feel more alert
    • Feeling the sense of touch: perception of objects by touch: consciousness of pleasure or pain: tenderness: emotion: sensibility, susceptibility, sentimentality: opinion as resulting from emotion:
    • Feeling (pl.) the affections or passions
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  • Martin Luther
    “You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “It's not sissy to show your feeling.”
  • George Eliot
    “To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.”


Feel at home - If you feel relaxed and comfortable somewhere or with someone, you feel at home.
Feel free - If you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem
Feel like a million - If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
Feel the pinch - If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
Feeling blue - If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. félan, to feel; Ger. fühlen; prob. akin to L. palpāre, to quiver.


In literature:

I can feel that clammy feeling of the water trickling down my back now!
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I feel more than ever that He cares for us and is educating us, and I feel that He has been so good to you, because He loves you.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
Naturally the Freudians have their own explanation of war in terms of subconscious wishes, repressed feelings and instincts.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
It took such a time to spread, it seemed to feel its way; but it was a success when it came.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
It was sad for him, of course, but I simply love people to love me and feel bad when I'm gone.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I always feel ready to laugh in his face.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
Feeling was left untouched nevertheless.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
May we not find her first thoughts and feelings worthy of study and her example one to be followed?
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
She could hardly remember how she used to feel then, least of all how she used to feel towards her father.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
You must feel rather anxious about him.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
At present I feel myself in a mood that a very little more waiting will render ferocious.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
That terrible shock, too, and such an oppressive feeling, until the limb was removed from my breast!
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Three ... My throat feels very dry, and I feel an irresistible urge to swallow one time.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
I feel the same longing I felt before; I feel that there is a life I should wish to grasp and to experience.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
If you do not catch some feeling from that, strike a resemblance, I shall feel like giving up.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
His feeling about his troops seems to have resembled a miser's feeling about his money.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I could feel her always watching, trying to understand what I was thinking and feeling.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Things have not changed so quickly that even you should be free from the feeling.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
His eyes were a shade anxious, but full of good feeling.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
She cannot feel the bitterness she now feels if she reads such a letter; is not that so, Tallie?
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

Your points of grief:
All will be swept away by
The Grand Staff: on
Swift river rapids
Will it flow away, I feel
"Your points of grief:" by Ise
When we in darkness walk,
Nor feel the heavenly flame,
Then is the time to trust our God,
And rest upon His Name.
"Your Harps, Ye Trembling Saints" by Augustus Montague Toplady
"Julia, if my learned eyes
Gaze upon thy matchless face:
'Tis because I feel there lies
Magic in thy lovely grace.
"Julia" by E W Bowling
Haply, in summer, dew and scent
Of all they feel may be a part;
Each red rose be the testament
Of some rich heart.
"Communicants" by Madison Julius Cawein
I feel that I am weak,
And prone to every sin:
But Thou who giv'st to those who seek,
Wilt give me strength within.
"Confidence" by Anne Bronte
Aye, beyond it, far beyond it;
Follow still my soul,
Till this earth is lost in heaven,
And thou feel'st the whole.
"Distance" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Jean-Paul Sartre: It is difficult to say that I am feeling well, but I can't say that I'm feeling bad either.
Well since it is all over the news, I don't think I have to tell you that Jessica Simpson is pregnant but I feel like I'm obligated to tell you that she is feeling frisky.
The Georgia game left some MU football players feeling tired, Henry Josey feeling sick and T.J. Moe grateful for MU's fans.
It was that sick, twisty feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, the feeling that says, I totally screwed up.
Some days it feels like it was only yesterday when I lost you, and others it feels like its been forever since you held me tight.
Few things are more profound than when an infant looks deep into your eyes, or touches your cheek, as though he feels what you're feeling.
Americans of Asian descent have the right to feel insulted by such stereotypes , and should feel no shame about speaking up and making waves.
It might feel good to be a gangsta, as Geto Boys said, but for newbie rapper, Clarence Bowen, it feels good to be a "banksta".
Suddenly you feel uncool and you hate the feeling.
This mild, sweet-smelling solid feels like silk and leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated, not tight and dry like soaps tend to.
A ridiculous feeling, an unbelieving feeling.
"He was addicted to the feeling he got when he was doing this, addicted to the feel of the hunt and of killing," Doll said.
WEAR-TEST REPORT: The Aegis 2 feels fairly light and well cushioned from heel to toe, with an agile low-to-the-ground feeling in the forefoot.
If you often tell yourself, "I'm upset, so I deserve to eat ," remind yourself that using food to feel better will in the end only make you feel worse.
Let us pray that Punxsutawney Phil is Nostradamus because this weather is making us all feel like an exhausted horse feeling the crop.

In science:

However the naive feeling that the characters of irreducible representations are irreducible is false.
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups
Runaway bodies of larger mass, x & xshear , feel shear-dominated scattering by al l planetesimals and their velocity dispersions are given by (C6) (exactly like in Case 1).
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
But, we feel we have understood some of the most salient features of the model without correlations.
On the Geometry of Random Networks
On the other hand, we feel it is possible and appropriate to make order of magnitude estimates.
Observations of cluster substructure using weakly lensed sextupole moments
Also it will be invaluable to have a precise knowledge of the point-spread function, including all its moments, throughout the field. (3) We feel that our method to determine moments, validated by its ability to reveal important correlations, can be substantially improved.
Observations of cluster substructure using weakly lensed sextupole moments
One might feel uneasy about the second of these points because the procedure of coarse-graining is not the result of the equations of motion, and therefore it is somehow voluntary.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
On the average, a CF feels a reduced effective field which is the external magnetic field minus the attached flux quanta.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
MCF in each layer feel effective magnetic field B ∗α = ∇ × ~A∗α = 2πnα , therefore fill exactly one MCF Landau level.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
This is because in the former case the profiles of the potentials that the electrons feel on each wire are different even though their statistical characteristics (average depth and standard deviation) are the same.
Electron transport in parallel quantum wires with random potentials
In the latter model, on the other hand, the electrons of up and down spins feel exactly the same potentials.
Electron transport in parallel quantum wires with random potentials
We feel that we can keep the literature consistent by keeping the term “TAI” in the first 4 sections here.
Simple nuclear $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank one
In this case the interface winds around the system and feels the disorder periodicity.
Universal Statistics of the Critical Depinning Force of Elastic Systems in Random Media
We feel that this picture should be extended to include completions of S impn(A) and therefore include the indecomposable modules, see section 4.
Noncommutative plane curves
In view of my own ob jection, I do not understand why Zimmerman feels he needs to assume (i) and (ii) in order to ob ject to Lewis.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
That is: test particles falling freely under gravity near a body move differently, according to whether the body is rotating (and in what sense, and how fast)—they “feel” not just the mass of the body, but also its state of rotation. (Cf.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter