• "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
    "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v feel be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state "My cold is gone--I feel fine today","She felt tired after the long hike","She felt sad after her loss"
    • v feel have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude "She felt small and insignificant","You make me feel naked","I made the students feel different about themselves"
    • v feel come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds "I feel that he doesn't like me","I find him to be obnoxious","I found the movie rather entertaining"
    • v feel examine by touch "Feel this soft cloth!","The customer fingered the sweater"
    • v feel pass one's hands over the sexual organs of "He felt the girl in the movie theater"
    • v feel examine (a body part) by palpation "The nurse palpated the patient's stomach","The runner felt her pulse"
    • v feel undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind "She felt resentful","He felt regret"
    • v feel perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles "He felt the wind","She felt an object brushing her arm","He felt his flesh crawl","She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
    • v feel undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation" "her fingers felt their way through the string quartet","she felt his contempt of her"
    • v feel grope or feel in search of something "He felt for his wallet"
    • v feel produce a certain impression "It feels nice to be home again"
    • v feel find by testing or cautious exploration "He felt his way around the dark room"
    • v feel be felt or perceived in a certain way "The ground feels shaky","The sheets feel soft"
    • n feel manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure "the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"
    • n feel a property perceived by touch
    • n feel an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it"
    • n feel 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: Smiling releases endorphins in the body, which makes people feel better
    • Feel A sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy feel . "The difference between these two tumors will be distinguished by the feel ."
    • Feel Feeling; perception. "To intercept and have a more kindly feel of its genial warmth."
    • Feel To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by an adjective describing the kind of sensation. "Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels smooth."
    • Feel To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded. "I then did feel full sick."
    • Feel To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body.
    • Feel To have the sensibilities moved or affected. "She feels with the dignity of a Roman matron""And mine as man, who feel for all mankind."
    • Feel To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know certainly or without misgiving. "Garlands . . . which I feel I am not worthy yet to wear."
    • Feel To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or sensitive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain. "Teach me to feel another's woe.""Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing.""He best can paint them who shall feel them most.""Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt ."
    • Feel To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body, especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs. "Who feel Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel."
    • Feel To perceive; to observe.
    • Feel To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to have an inward persuasion of. "For then, and not till then, he felt himself."
    • Feel To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often with out. "Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son.""He hath this to feel my affection to your honor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that the scent of Rosemary can help in better mental performance and make individuals feel more alert
    • feel To have a sensation or sense-perception of. Specifically To have a sensation or sense-perception of by means of the sense of touch, or through physical contact with the surface of the body.
    • feel To be or become aware of through material action upon any nerves of sensation other than those of sight, hearing, taste, and smell; have a sensation (other than those of the above-mentioned senses) of: as, to feel the cold; to feel a lump in the throat (through involuntary closure); to feel an inclination to cough. [The application of the word to the normal action of the higher senses is obsolete, except in the abstract meaning of perceiving by means of sensation in general: as, the higher animals feel light, heat, sound, etc. See def. 2.]
    • feel To perceive by the sense of smell; smell.
    • feel To have a perception of (some external or internal condition of things) through a more or less complex mental state involving vague sensation: as, to feel the floor sinking; to feel one's mind becoming confused; to feel the approach of age.
    • feel In general, to perceive or have a mental sense of; be conscious of; have a distinct or indistinct perception or mental impression of: as, to feel pleasure or pain; to feel the beauty of a landscape.
    • feel To regard with feeling or emotion; be aroused to feeling (especially disagreeable feeling) by: as, he felt his disgrace keenly.
    • feel Reflexively, to have a sensation, feeling, perception, or impression concerning; perceive clearly to be.
    • feel To try by touch; examine by touching with the hands or otherwise; test by contact: as, to feel a piece of cloth; to feel the ground with the feet; a blind man feels his way with a stick.
    • feel Hence To make trial of in any way; test carefully or cautiously: as, to feel one's way in an undertaking; to feel the market by a small venture.
    • feel To have experience of; suffer under: as, to feel the vengeance of an enemy.
    • feel Synonyms Feel, Be sensible of, Be conscious of, are all used of a recognition that comes close home, a frank confession to one's self. Often, to feel is especially the act of the heart: as, to feel one's own defects. To be conscious may be only the act of the understanding, apart even from reflection: as, to be conscious of the approach of danger; or it may rise to a high degree of frank admission: as, to be conscious of failure. To be sensible is the act of a sort of inward sensuous perception. See sentiment.
    • feel To have perception by means of the sense of touch or by physical contact; experience sensation of any kind, except that received through sight, hearing, taste, or smell; loosely, to have a sensation of any kind: as, to feel sore or ill; to feel cold.
    • feel To have perception, especially vague perception or impression; have a mental sense of something.
    • feel To recognize or regard one's self as; be consciously: as, to feel hurried; to feel called on to do something.
    • feel To experience feeling or emotion; be aroused to emotion.
    • feel To give or produce sensation or feeling; especially, to produce sensation of touch, or organic sensations.
    • feel To make examination by the sense of touch; grope.
    • feel To be inwardly moved: followed by an infinitive: as, I feel to sympathize with him.
    • feel To sympathize with; be sorry for.
    • n feel The sense or a sensation of touch.
    • n feel A sensation of any kind, or a vague mental impression or feeling.
    • n feel That quality in an object by which it appeals to the sense of touch.
    • feel Much; many.
    • feel Much.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
    • v.t Feel fēl to perceive by the touch: to handle or try by touch: to be conscious of: to be keenly sensible of: to have an inward persuasion of
    • v.i Feel to know by the touch: to have the emotions excited: to produce a certain sensation when touched, as to feel hard or hot:—pr.p. feel′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. felt
    • n Feel the sensation of touch
    • adj Feel expressive of great sensibility or tenderness: easily affected
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  • Mortimer Collins
    Mortimer Collins
    “A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.”
  • Dr. Jerome Brunner
    Dr. Jerome Brunner
    “You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action.”
  • Caroline Schoeder
    Caroline Schoeder
    “Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “The jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honor feels.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fēlan,; akin to OS. gifōlian, to perceive, D. voelen, to feel, OHG. fuolen, G. fühlen, Icel. fālma, to grope, and prob. to AS. folm, palm of the hand, L. palma,. Cf. Fumble Palm


In literature:

He should feel that if he had any feeling.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Then, Miss Helen Armstrong, you'll not feel in such conceit with yourself.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Well, they ought to know; but all the same I feel as if I want to improve mine.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
You've told me the things you guess you feel, and now I'm going to tell you the things I feel.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He also hated to feel emotion.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
How little we know what we shall feel!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Perhaps she feels it, for she goes back to her couch and her novel.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I feel, after all, that I have the fells in my blood.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Besides, I feel like trusting you.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He himself no longer feels his loneliness; he feels that he has been distributed among men.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

Let me henceforward be
Happy alone in Thee;
So shall my freed soul feel
For Thee a quenchless zeal;
"Hymn (III)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
I sit in the saddle,
I feel the road unroll,
And keep my senses straightened
Toward to-morrow's goal.
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
A secret it is, but
When I feel love rise,
From leg wearying
Mountains, the moon
Sets out, and so do I.
"A secret it is" by Ki no Tsurayuki
I heard the little maiden
Her simple feelings tell,
And on the narrow tombstone
The tears of pity fell.
"The Mother's Grave" by Peter John Allan
They move before our wondering eyes,
A vision passing strange,
And sure we feel from yonder skies,
They range.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
Thou hast a joy we do not feel,
A light we cannot see;
Injustice, sin, and wretchedness
No longer sadden thee;
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Like doing a run for the feeling you get hours later, you do your first race for the feeling you get in the days that follow.
25% of women say the most pressure to be beautiful comes from within 10% feel pressure from the media while 5% feel pressure from friends, family, and partners.
I know some people feel that they need God, but what about people like me who don't feel any deep need for forgiveness, or for God to tell me what to do, or things like that.
I can't imagine how it feels to be thrust into a society where virtually all of your thoughts, feelings, and daily activities are posted online for the world to see.
I'm writing in regard to the election boards and how they are chosen, I feel that these boards are just as important as being on a jury, and I feel that this process should be handled just the same.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time.
If gorging yourself on your Thanksgiving meal made you feel heavy, chances are at least your wallet feels lighter.
""That feels like the swiftest way to feel like I, the actor, can leave it...
Gift giving feels good, and can feel even better if you know your purchase is helping those less fortunate.
Gift giving feels good and can feel even better if you know your purchase is helping those less fortunate.
I'm writing in regard to the election boards and how they are chosen , I feel that these boards are just as important as being on a jury, and I feel that this process should be handled just the same.
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold.
When people feel guilty, they feel bad about a specific behavior.
Doing this will make me feel like u know how I feel having my sister see what she did.
"I started to feel like I wanted to make another game," he said, "and when I feel that way, that's what I have to do.

In science:

Since it is moving, the upper fluid feels a Coriolis fo rce -1 ≈ 10-3 s, a transin the transverse direction.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
However, in the lower fluid there is no transverse pressure gradient (it feels no Co riolis force).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
For this reason we feel it could be useful to recall some basic facts of the input-output approach in such a context.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
We therefore don’t feel that the possibility of a first order transition explains why our value for α does not satisfy scaling.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
Another example is the case where the Dirac fermion feels imaginary vector potentials.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models