browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
feeder

more about feeder

feeder


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feeder  \Feed"er\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  gives  food  or  supplies 
  nourishment;  steward. 
 
  A  couple  of  friends,  his  chaplain  and  feeder. 
  --Goldsmith. 
 
  2.  One  who  furnishes  incentives;  an  encourager.  ``The  feeder 
  of  my  riots.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  One  who  eats  or  feeds;  specifically,  an  animal  to  be  fed 
  or  fattened. 
 
  With  eager  feeding,  food  doth  choke  the  feeder. 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  One  who  fattens  cattle  for  slaughter. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  6.  A  branch  railroad,  stage  line  or  the  like  a  side  line 
  which  increases  the  business  of  the  main  line 
 
  7.  (Mining) 
  a  A  small  lateral  lode  falling  into  the  main  lode  or 
  mineral  vein.  --Ure. 
  b  A  strong  discharge  of  gas  from  a  fissure;  a  blower. 
  --Raymond. 
 
  8.  (Mach.)  An  auxiliary  part  of  a  machine  which  supplies  or 
  leads  along  the  material  operated  upon 
 
  9.  (Steam  Engine)  A  device  for  supplying  steam  boilers  with 
  water  as  needed. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feeder 
  n  1:  an  animal  being  fattened  or  suitable  for  fattening 
  2:  someone  who  consumes  food  for  nourishment  [syn:  {eater},  {devourer}] 
  3:  a  branch  that  flows  into  the  main  stream  [syn:  {tributary}, 
  {affluent}] 
  4:  a  machine  that  automatically  provides  a  supply  of  some 
  material  (especially  one  that  discharges  feed  into  a 
  trough  for  livestock)  [syn:  {self-feeder}] 




more about feeder