feed


feed
[[t]fid[/t]]
v. fed, feed•ing, n.
1) to give food to; supply with nourishment
2) to yield or serve as food for:
This land has fed ten generations[/ex]
3) to provide as food:
to feed breadcrumbs to pigeons[/ex]
4) to furnish for consumption
5) to satisfy; minister to; gratify
6) to supply, as for maintenance or operation:
to feed a printing press with paper[/ex]
7) to flow into or merge with so as to form or sustain:
streams that feed a river[/ex]
8) sbz inf
a) to provide lines, cues, or actions to (a performer)
b) sbz to supply (lines, cues, or actions) to a performer
9) rtv to distribute (a local radio or television broadcast) via satellite or network
10) ahb. (esp. of animals) to take food; eat
11) to be nourished or gratified; subsist:
to feed on fruit[/ex]
12) to flow, lead, or provide access:
The local roads feed into a state highway[/ex]
13) ahb. food, esp. for farm animals
14) an allowance, portion, or supply of such food
15) a meal, esp. a lavish one
16) the act of feeding
17) the act or process of feeding a furnace, machine, etc
18) the material, or the amount of it, so fed
19) a feeding mechanism
20) rtv a local radio or television broadcast distributed by satellite or network to a much wider audience, esp. nationwide or international
Etymology: bef. 950; ME feden, OE fēdan See food feed′a•ble, adj. syn: feed, fodder, forage, provender mean food for animals. feed is the general word; however, it most often applies to grain: chicken feed. fodder is applied to coarse feed that is fed to livestock: Cornstalks are good fodder. forage is feed that an animal obtains (usu. grass, leaves, etc.) by grazing or searching about for it: Lost cattle can usually live on forage. provender denotes dry feed for livestock, such as hay, oats, or corn: a supply of provender in the haymow.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Feed — (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fed} (f[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Feeding}.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f[ o]da, Dan. f[ o]de. [root]75. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — vb Feed, nourish, pasture, graze are comparable when they mean to provide the food that one needs or desires. Feed is the comprehensive term applicable not only to persons and animals but also to plants and, by extension, to whatever consumes… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • feed — [fēd] vt. fed, feeding [ME feden < OE fedan < base of foda, FOOD] 1. to give food to; provide food for 2. a) to provide as food [to feed oats to horses] b) to serve as food for …   English World dictionary

  • Feed — Feed, v. i. 1. To take food; to eat. [1913 Webster] Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed. De Foe. [1913 Webster] 2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one s self (upon something); to prey; with on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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