Definition of Feeler

1. Noun. One of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste.

Exact synonyms: Antenna
Generic synonyms: Tentacle
Derivative terms: Antennal, Antennary, Feel, Feel



2. Noun. A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others. "She rejected his advances"
Exact synonyms: Advance, Approach, Overture
Generic synonyms: Proffer, Proposition, Suggestion
Derivative terms: Approach

3. Noun. Sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ. "He had a special antenna for public relations"
Exact synonyms: Antenna
Generic synonyms: Sensitiveness, Sensitivity

4. Noun. Slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish.
Exact synonyms: Barbel
Generic synonyms: Tentacle
Derivative terms: Barbellate, Feel, Feel

Definition of Feeler

1. n. One who, or that which, feels.

Definition of Feeler

1. Noun. (literally) Someone or something that feels. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) An antenna or appendage used for feeling, especially on an insect. ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) Something ventured to test (an)other(s)' feelings, opinion, position. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Feeler

1. a tactile organ [n -S]

Medical Definition of Feeler

1. 1. One who, or that which, feels. 2. 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 antennae." (Derham) 3. Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc, put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Feeler

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feel twelve feet tall
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Literary usage of Feeler

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1. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1882)
"The specimen was about two-thirds grown (sex undetermined), having all its appendages, including the left antenna, uninjured, while the " feeler" of that ..."

2. Labor-saving Looms: A Brief Treatise on Plain Weaving and the Recent by Draper Corporation (1907)
"DOUBLE FORK AND feeler COMBINATIONS. Perfect cloth must be uniform in character, and secure from gaps and blemishes. Of course, absolute perfection is ..."

3. The American Machinist Shop Note Book: A Collection of Articles by E.A. Suverkrop (1919)
"152 shows a form of feeler gage which is being used on airplane motor work. It consists of the feeler A, to which the knurled body B is attached by driving ..."

4. The London Encyclopaedia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"Bear a feeler upon each mandible ; have the •eyes moveable and the head confounded with the trunk ; the bronchia; pyramidal ; the leaflets or plumose ..."

5. The Mechanics' Magazine (1854)
"table or lid of the machine; a pointer or feeler is so connected by means of a horizontal bar, with a graver, that when the bar is moved, the drawing to be ..."

6. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"This allows the drop wire to fall far enough to drop between the feeler bar / ... Since at this point the motion of the feeler bar /, is being obtained by ..."

7. Iron edited by Sholto Percy, Perry Fairfax Nursey (1854)
"table or lid of the machine; a pointer or feeler is so connected by means of a horizontal bar, with a graver, that when the bar is moved, the drawing to be ..."

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