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feeler


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feeler  \Feel"er\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  feels. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  sense  organs  or  certain  animals  (as 
  insects),  which  are  used  in  testing  objects  by  touch  and 
  in  searching  for  food;  an  antenna;  a  palp. 
 
  Insects  .  .  .  perpetually  feeling  and  searching 
  before  them  with  their  feelers  or  antenn[ae]. 
  --Derham. 
 
  3.  Anything  as  a  proposal,  observation,  etc.,  put  forth  or 
  thrown  out  in  order  to  ascertain  the  views  of  others 
  something  tentative. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feeler 
  n  1:  one  of  a  pair  of  mobile  appendages  on  the  head  of  e.g. 
  insects  and  crustaceans;  typically  sensitive  to  touch 
  and  taste  [syn:  {antenna}] 
  2:  a  tentative  suggestion  designed  to  elicit  the  reactions  of 
  others  "she  rejected  his  advances"  [syn:  {overture},  {advance}, 
  {approach}] 
  3:  sensitivity  similar  to  that  of  a  receptor  organ;  "he  had  a 
  special  antenna  for  public  relations"  [syn:  {antenna}] 
  4:  slender  tactile  process  on  the  jaws  of  a  fish  [syn:  {barbel}] 




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