Definition of Feed

1. Noun. Food for domestic livestock.

2. Verb. Provide as food. "They feed the animals"; "Feed the guests the nuts"
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply
Derivative terms: Feeding

3. Verb. Give food to. "They feed the people the food"; "Don't give the child this tough meat"

4. Verb. Feed into; supply. "Her success feeds her vanity"
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Derivative terms: Feeder

5. Verb. Introduce continuously. "Feed carrots into a food processor"
Exact synonyms: Feed In
Generic synonyms: Enclose, Inclose, Insert, Introduce, Put In, Stick In
Derivative terms: Feeder

6. Verb. Support or promote. "His admiration fed her vanity"
Generic synonyms: Advance, Boost, Encourage, Further, Promote

7. Verb. Take in food; used of animals only. "The animals feed"; "What do whales eat?"
Exact synonyms: Eat
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Related verbs: Eat
Specialized synonyms: Forage, Raven, Suckle, Browse, Crop, Graze, Pasture, Range
Derivative terms: Eating, Feeder, Feeding

8. Verb. Serve as food for; be the food for. "This dish feeds six"
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply

9. Verb. Move along, of liquids. "Water and oil feed into the bowl"; "The Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
Exact synonyms: Course, Flow, Run
Specialized synonyms: Flush, Gush, Jet, Surge, Tide, Circulate, Eddy, Purl, Swirl, Whirl, Whirlpool, Run Off, Waste, Run Down, Pour, Run Out, Spill, Stream, Well Out, Dribble, Filter, Trickle, Drain, Run Out, Ooze, Seep, Gutter
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Course, Flow, Flow, Flow, Flowing, Run, Run
Also: Flow From, Run Over

10. Verb. Profit from in an exploitatory manner. "He feeds on her insecurity"
Exact synonyms: Prey
Generic synonyms: Exploit, Work
Derivative terms: Prey

11. Verb. Gratify. "Feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
Exact synonyms: Feast
Generic synonyms: Regale, Treat
Derivative terms: Feast

12. Verb. Provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to. "They feed the trees"; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
Exact synonyms: Fertilise, Fertilize
Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Generic synonyms: Enrich
Specialized synonyms: Nitrify, Dung, Topdress
Derivative terms: Fertilization, Fertilizer

Definition of Feed

1. v. t. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.

2. v. i. To take food; to eat.

3. n. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep.

Definition of Feed

1. Verb. (transitive) to give food to eat, nurture ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to eat (usually of animals) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To give to a machine to be processed. ¹

4. Verb. (sports transitive) To pass to ¹

5. Noun. Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals. ¹

6. Noun. Something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed. ¹

7. Noun. A gathering to eat, especially in quantity ¹

8. Noun. (Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to. ¹

9. Verb. (past of fee) ¹

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Definition of Feed

1. to give food to [v FED, FEEDING, FEEDS] : FEEDABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Feed

1. 1. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of. "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." (Rom. Xii. 20) "Unreasonable reatures feed their young." (Shak) 2. To satisfy; grafity or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire. "I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him." (Shak) "Feeding him with the hope of liberty." (Knolles) 3. 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. 4. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard. "Thou shalt feed people Israel." (2 Sam. V. 2) "Mightiest powers by deepest calms are feed." (B. Cornwall) 5. 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." (Mortimer) 6. 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. 7. To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press. 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). Origin: AS. FDAn, fr. FDA food; akin to C?. Fdian, OFries FDA, FDA, D. Voeden, OHG. Fuottan, Icel. Faea, Sw. Foda, Dan. Fode. 75. See Food. 1. That which is eaten; especially, food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. 2. A grazing or pasture ground. 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, a feed of corn or oats. 4. A meal, or the act of eating. "For such pleasure till that hour at feed or fountain never had I found." (Milton) 5. The water supplied to steam boilers. 6. 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. The supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones. The mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion. Feed bag, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule. Feed cloth, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other fibre, into a machine, as for carding, etc. Feed door, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal. Feed head. A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam boiler. A kind of feeder. See Feeder. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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