• WordNet 3.6
    • n feeder an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
    • n feeder an animal that feeds on a particular source of food "a bark feeder","a mud feeder"
    • n feeder an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
    • n feeder a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material "the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock"
    • n feeder a branch that flows into the main stream
    • n feeder someone who consumes food for nourishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • Feeder A branch railroad, stage line, air route, or the like; a side line which increases the business of the main line.
    • Feeder (Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with water as needed.
    • Feeder (Mining) A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or mineral vein.
    • Feeder A stream that flows into another body of water; a tributary; specifically Hydraulic Engin, a water course which supplies a canal or reservoir by gravitation or natural flow.
    • Feeder (Mining) A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower.
    • Feeder (Mach) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or leads along the material operated upon.
    • Feeder One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed or fattened. "With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder ."
    • Feeder One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
    • Feeder One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. "The feeder of my riots."
    • Feeder One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward. "A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n feeder One who or that which feeds, or supplies food or nourishment.
    • n feeder One who furnishes incentives; an encourager.
    • n feeder One who or an animal that eats or takes nourishment.
    • n feeder A servant or dependent supported by his lord; a parasite.
    • n feeder One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
    • n feeder That which feeds or supplies; anything that serves for the conveyance of material or supplies to, or furnishes communication with, something else: as, great rivers are valuable feeders of commerce; cross-roads and lanes are feeders to the highway.
    • n feeder Specifically— A fountain. stream, or channel that supplies a main canal with water.
    • n feeder A branch or side railroad running into and increasing the business of the main line.
    • n feeder In mining, a branch or spur falling into the main lode, and appearing to add to its width or richness; a dropper.
    • n feeder Any device or contrivance for delivering to a machine the feed or materials to be operated upon, as the apron of a carder, the feed-wheel of a sewing-machine, the feeding device of a saw-mill, rail-machine, grain-mill, etc.
    • n feeder In organ-building, a small oblique bellows placed under (occasionally apart from) the large horizontal storage-bellows, and used to furnish air to the latter. The mechanical power is applied to the feeder, not to the bellows proper, though the steadiness and pressure of the wind depend solely upon the size and weighting of the latter.
    • n feeder In theat. cant, a subordinate role written to bring out the peculiarities of an important part.
    • n feeder One who feeds a machine, as a printing-press: as, pressmen and feeders. See feeding, 4.
    • n feeder In entomology, one of the organs composing the mouth-parts or trophi.
    • n feeder The player who tosses the ball to the batsman (in rounders and similar games); hence, the name of a particular game resembling rounders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Feeder he who feeds, or that which supplies: an eater: one who abets another: one who fattens cattle:
    • ns Feeder (obs.) a parasite
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fédan, to feed.


In literature:

Their habit of biting in the daytime has gained for them the name of "day mosquitoes" to distinguish them from the night feeders.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
The Manchus are great feeders.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Put two spoons on the tray, and if the patient is using a tube or a feeder, put that on the tray.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Uncle David on the feeder's stand was impatiently awaiting the coming of the fifth team.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But, being a feeder on herbage only, he had not thought of tasting the red flesh.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His father, having started early and knowing what pleased his boy, was his most satisfactory feeder.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
In 1825 an act was passed providing for the construction of the Ohio Canal and a number of feeders.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
When the feeders in the Alleghanies begin to swell, we shall perch high o' nights.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
This is a dry year and feeders ain't much nohow, but I don't want to see no friend of mine robbed.
"Hidden Water" by Dane Coolidge
Some of our feeders are undoubtedly inclined to market too young.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various

In poetry:

No common nat'ral faith can shew
Its divine brood, like this;
Whose object, author, feeder too,
Thy Husband only is.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Towards the stream; wherein are seen
Stealing gar and darting minnow;
Over which snake-feeders winnow
Wings of black and green.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
I've had a naughty day to-day.
I scrunched a biscuit in my hair,
And dipped my feeder in the milk,
And spread my rusk upon a chair.
"The Naughty Day" by Fay Inchfawn
Swart smiters of the glowing steel,
Dark feeders of the forge's flame,
Pale watchers at the loom and wheel,
Repeat his honored name.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Fed via a two-deck, pre-screen, the crusher is a four-hammer, open-style rotor that discharges onto a secondary pan feeder.
Two CNC lathes, with live tooling, tool monitor, and auto-load short-bar bar feeders are helping this California manufacturer compete.
Williams places different props above the feeders and says the birds will land on almost anything.
Mikiko Flynn and her husband, Tom, look at recycled bird feeders at last year's Recycled Arts Festival, a celebration of art created from recycled materials.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds swarm a feeder in the fading light of the setting sun.
Hecker said he took more than 100 pictures as the Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) hovered near near his feeder.
More than $38,000 worth of hogs and feeder pigs are missing, and the owners of the barn have no idea who took them.
We usually see sapsuckers drilling rows of sap holes in trees, so it was a treat to see subscriber Dick Musgnug's photo of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus variuson) perched on his suet feeder.
Sharon Sorenson / Special to The Courier & Press A male yellow-bellied sapsucker, identified by a red patch on top of his head and another on his throat, makes a rare visit to our log suet feeder.
Web.com to sponsor PGA Tour's feeder circuit.
U.S LIVESTOCK REVIEW: Livestock Fall on Grain Sell-Off , Feeder Gain.
A Sidon man has spent the past two years getting to know the hummingbirds that flock to his feeders, forming a trusting relationship with the birds in an age of hummingbird decline.
Keep your hummingbird feeders filled and available this fall and winter.
That's the recommendation of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologists, who know that some hummers spend winter in the state and benefit from the nourishment feeders offer.
(HOST) Naturalist and commentator Ted Levin says that this time of year, migration sometimes brings surprises at the bird feeder.

In science:

We consider a model of a distribution feeder connecting multiple loads to the sub-station.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
The effect of disorder on the voltage at the end of the long feeder line cannot be described prop2Note, however, that the developed formalism is generic and as such it as well applies to linear segments of transmission lines, which will also be discussed briefly in the following.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
Section 3 analyzes phenomenon of voltage collapse and instability within the ODE approach, discussing both a linear element of a transmission system and a linear feeder line of a distribution system.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
Section 4 is devoted of analysis of a structural stability of a feeder line subjected to static variations in consumption and injection along the line which are correlated on a short length scale.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
Feeder lines are the most typical elements of distribution networks where strong connection to the transmission network resides at the head of the line, and the line ends at the last load of the linear segment.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production