• Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
    Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v feed introduce continuously "feed carrots into a food processor"
    • v feed provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
    • v feed give food to "Feed the starving children in India","don't give the child this tough meat"
    • v feed take in food; used of animals only "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat","What do whales eat?"
    • v feed serve as food for; be the food for "This dish feeds six"
    • v feed feed into; supply "Her success feeds her vanity"
    • v feed provide as food "Feed the guests the nuts"
    • v feed gratify "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
    • v feed profit from in an exploitatory manner "He feeds on her insecurity"
    • v feed move along, of liquids "Water flowed into the cave","the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
    • v feed support or promote "His admiration fed her vanity"
    • n feed food for domestic livestock
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A boy feeds a cherry to another boy A boy feeds a cherry to another boy
The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate
Two girls feed nuts to a squirrel Two girls feed nuts to a squirrel
BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
Baby feeding birds Baby feeding birds
We cannot feed our chldren any longer We cannot feed our chldren any longer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A lion feeds once every three to four days
    • Feed A grazing or pasture ground.
    • Feed A meal, or the act of eating. "For such pleasure till that hour
      At feed or fountain never had I found."
    • Feed An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.
    • Feed That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep.
    • Feed (Mach) The mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion.
    • Feed (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 (Mach) The supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones.
    • Feed The water supplied to steam boilers.
    • Feed To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by food. "He feeds upon the cooling shade."
    • Feed 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.
    • Feed To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of. "If thine enemy hunger, feed him.""Unreasonable creatures feed their young."
    • Feed 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.
    • Feed 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."
    • Feed To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard. "Thou shalt feed my people Israel.""Mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed ."
    • Feed 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."
    • Feed (Mach) 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 To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire. "I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.""Feeding him with the hope of liberty."
    • Feed 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."
    • Feed (Mach) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
    • Feed To take food; to eat. "Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only sound Seahorses make is a small clicking or popping sound during feeding or courtship
    • feed To give food to; supply with nourishment.
    • feed To supply; fill the requirements of; furnish material to for consumption, use, or means of operation; provide with whatever is necessary to the development, maintenance, or working of: as, canals are fed by streams and ponds; to feed a fire, a steam-engine, or a threshing-machine; to feed a lathe (by applying to the chisel the object to be turned); vanity is fed by flattery.
    • feed To graze; cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
    • feed To supply for food, consumption, or operation: as, to feed out beets to cattle; to feed water to an engine; to feed work (something to be operated on) to a lathe or other machine.
    • feed To entertain; amuse. Synonyms To nourish, cherish, sustain, support.
    • feed To take food; eat.
    • feed To subsist; use something for sustenance or support: with on or upon.
    • feed To grow fat.
    • n feed Food, properly for domestic or other animals; that which is eaten by a domestic animal; provender; fodder.
    • n feed Pasture-ground: grazing-land.
    • n feed A meal, or the act of eating.
    • n feed A certain allowance of provender given: as, a feed of corn or oats.
    • n feed In mech.:
    • n feed The motion or advance of any material which is being fed to a machine, as of cloth to the needle of a sewing-machine.
    • n feed The material upon which a machine operates, as the grain running into a grinding-mill.
    • n feed The advance of a cutting-tool, as the cutter of a planer, or the chisel of a lathe, upon or into the material to be cut.
    • n feed Same as food, n., 4.
    • n feed The amount of water needed in a canal-lock to allow of the passage of a boat.
    • n feed In stone-sawing, sand and water employed to assist the saw-blade in cutting.
    • n feed Synonyms Feed, Food, Fodder, Provender, Forage. Feed for animals, especially animals kept for work or fattening for the market; food for human beings and the smaller animals, household pets, etc.; fodder, dry or green feed for animals, but not pasturage; provender, dry feed. Forage is rarely used except for fodder furnished for horses in an army, generally by foraging. Food is also a general word for that which supplies nourishment to any organized body.
    • feed In founding, to supply extra metal to (a thick, heavy casting) while it is setting. This is done by having a shrink-head or riser over the thick portion of the casting and keeping communication open between this and the metal in the mold by working a feeding-rod up and down until the metal sets. The object of doing this is to prevent the formation of shrinkage-holes in the casting by the contraction of the metal as it cools, this process beginning from outside and leaving interior holes unless the latter are filled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed
    • v.t Feed fēd to give food to: to nourish: to furnish with necessary material: to foster
    • v.i Feed to take food: to nourish one's self by eating:—pr.p. feed′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. fed
    • n Feed an allowance of provender, esp. to cattle: the motion forward of anything being fed to a machine: :
    • n Feed (Milt.) a meal
    • n Feed (Shak.) pasture land
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  • Susan Sontag
    “Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
  • Herman Melville
    “Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.”


Don't bite the hand that feeds - When someone says this to you, they are trying to tell you not to act against those on whom you depend.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fēdan, fr. fōda, food; akin to OS. fōdian, OFries. fēda, fōda, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. fæða, Sw. föda, Dan. föde,. √75. See Food


In literature:

"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Massa say, 'Go 'head and finish de crop and I feed you and pay you.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Dr. Morton would not let them feed corn in summer.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Wasn't many massas what 'lowed dere niggers have patches and some didn't even feed 'em enough.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Let the mangers be around next the cellar, for convenience of feeding.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Warner says he is now feeding them.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Rotten manure given in the autumn will attract and feed the roots.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
There's enough wasted in this house to feed an orphanage.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The mare was standing with her nose in the feed-box.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
A valuable sort for cooking, market, or stock feeding.
"The Apple" by Various

In poetry:

Once more myself,
I feed upon
Thy manna of the minutes.
"Renewal" by Vassar Miller
By the quiet waters,
Sweetest Jesu, lead;
'Mid the virgin lilies,
Purest Jesu, feed.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
"Within the house of being,
I feed the lamp of truth
With tales of ancient wisdom
And prophecies of youth."III
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
Sands, receptive, ask too much
And nothing in returning give--
Only outcasts of the waste
Feed on her and live.
"Rain Sequence" by Norman MacLeod
The God of love my shepherd is,
And he that doth me feed:
While he is mine, and I am his,
What can I want or need?
"The Twenty-Third Psalme" by George Herbert
Travel, trouble, music, art,
A kiss, a frock, a rhyme-
I never said they feed my heart,
But still they pass my time.
"Faute De Mieux" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Harvesting cover crop s and feeding them to the entire dairy herd can improve a farm's cash flow by decreasing the amount of purchased feed.
Recent incidents involving the accidental contamination of animal feeds with dioxins have led to countries like South Africa wanting to begin their own testing of feed products for dioxins .
If you use an RSS reader, here is the feed for The Bear Blog: RSS feed.
Although feed input costs have been declining recently, dairy producers need to effectively and efficiently manage their feeding programs.
Some of the topics that will be covered include feeding strategies for flushing ewes , feeding during early pregnancy and winter supplementation of range ewes .
Six Mointain Lions Feeding on Elk Carcass A Montana couple caught a brief trailcam video of no fewer than six mountain lions feeding on an elk carcass.
With humankind's restless dissatisfaction, horse feed soon gave way to car feed and horseshoes for tires.
If you use an RSS reader, here is the feed for IMO: RSS feed.
Robotic milker sales are on pace this year, despite the drought, escalating feed prices and tight milk/feed margins, says Peter Langebeeke, president of Lely North America.
On Thursday, November 22 from 11 am to 2 pm, Feeding the Multitude Ministry will be feeding the public a Free Thanksgiving Day Meal.
Grain shortages will increase the cost of feed, but mycotoxins in the feed can wreak havoc with production.
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FEEDING AMERICA - 50 Cent joins Feeding America and the Food Bank for NYC to serve Thanksgiving meals to people in need at Cipriani, on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 in New York.
RSS feeds for Live Broadcasts and Special Events: Playlists feed MP3 archives feed.
Readers enter the URL of your feed into a feed reader like Google Reader, and every time you update your site, they can access either a headline and short description of the content or the full post.
The feed length is adjusted so that the feed's phase center will be accurately located at the reflector 's focal point when the feed is bonded to the radome wall.

In science:

The bar dynamics efficiently feeds gas to the nuclear region where a radio continuum source with a peak flux of 4.0 ±0.6 mJy is found at 1.4 GHz (Condon et al, 1998).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Fig. 3.— A microlens array feeding optical fibers.
SPIRAL Phase A: A Prototype Integral Field Spectrograph for the AAT
Feeding the simulator with manually written formal descriptions provides a good way to evaluate it for itself.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Mosaic-mode observing, followed by a decomposition of the visibility measurements in u, v-space, gives measurements in regions of u, v-space which have poor sensitivity to sky anisotropy (because they represent correlations between sections of the apertures which are poorly illuminated by the feed).
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
Moreover one still has to combine the signals of two different feeds to get the full polarized information.
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers