A mother feeding her baby.
- Feed is a source of nourishment or food that is provided to animals.
An example of feed is bird seed.
- To feed is defined as to provide food for someone or something, or to take in and eat food or to put more wood on a fire.
- An example of feed is when you prepare dinner for your family.
- An example of feed is when a newborn baby drinks milk from a bottle or when a cow consumes grass.
- An example of feed is when you put extra logs on a fire.
- to give food to; provide food for
- to provide as food: to feed oats to horses
- to serve as food for: a can of soup feeds two people
- to provide something necessary for the growth, development, or existence of; nourish; sustain: to feed one's anger
- to provide (material to be used up, processed, etc.): to feed coal into a stove
- to provide with material: feed the stove
- to provide satisfaction for; gratify: to feed one's vanity
- Sports to pass (the ball, puck, etc.) to (a teammate intending to make a shot, try for a goal, etc.)
- Theater to supply (an actor) with (cue lines)
Origin of feedMiddle English feden ; from Old English fedan ; from base of foda, food
- to eat: said chiefly of animals
- to flow steadily, as into a machine for use, processing, etc.
- food given to animals; fodder
- the amount of fodder given at one time
- the material fed into a machine
- the part of the machine supplying this material
- the supplying of this material
- Informal a meal
- a transmission by satellite, landlines, etc., as that sent by a network to individual stations for broadcast
- Comput. a notification sent out by a website to alert subscribers about updated information: such notifications are received typically through a web browserin full web feed or news feed
- to take as food; eat: said chiefly of animals
- to get satisfaction, support, etc. from
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verbfed , feed·ing, feeds
- a. To give food to; supply with nourishment: feed the children.b. To provide as food or nourishment: fed fish to the cat.
- a. To serve as food for: The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.b. To produce food for: The valley feeds an entire county.
- a. To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation: feed logs to a fire; feed data into a computer.b. To supply with something essential for growth, maintenance, or operation: Melting snow feeds the reservoirs.c. To transmit (media content) by means of a communications network or satellite, as for processing or distribution.
- a. To minister to; gratify: fed their appetite for the morbid.b. To support or promote; encourage: His unexplained absences fed our suspicions.
- To supply as a cue: feed lines to an actor.
- Sports To pass a ball or puck to (a teammate), especially to set up a scoring chance.
- To eat. Used of animals: pigs feeding at a trough.
- To be nourished or supported: an ego that feeds on flattery.
- a. To move steadily, as into a machine for processing.b. To be channeled; flow: This road feeds into the freeway.
- a. Food for animals, especially livestock.b. The amount of such food given at one time.
- Informal A meal, especially a large one: We had a great feed at the restaurant.
- The act of providing food, especially to an animal: food given at one feed.
- a. Material or an amount of material supplied, as to a machine or furnace.b. The act of supplying such material.
- a. An apparatus that supplies material to a machine.b. The aperture through which such material enters a machine.
- a. The transmission or conveyance of published content, as by satellite, on the Internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.b. A signal or program made by means of such transmission: The satellite feed was garbled due to sunspot activity.
- Sports A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.
Origin of feedMiddle English feden, from Old English f&emacron;dan; see pa- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present feeds, present participle feeding, simple past and past participle fed)
- To give (someone or something) food to eat.
- Feed the dog every evening.
- (intransitive) To eat (usually of animals).
- Spiders feed on gnats and flies.
- To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.
- Feed the fish to the dolphins.
- To give to a machine to be processed.
- Feed the paper gently into the document shredder.
- We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.
- (figuratively) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).
- To supply with something.
- Springs feed ponds with water.
- To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
- If grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.
- (sports) To pass to.
- (phonology, of a phonological rule) To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply.
- Nasalization feeds raising.
(countable and uncountable, plural feeds)
- (uncountable) Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.
- They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.
- Something supplied continuously.
- a satellite feed
- The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon.
- the paper feed of a printer
- (countable) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
- They held a crab feed on the beach.
- (Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.
- I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.
From Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan (“to feed”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdijaną (“to feed”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with West Frisian fiede (“to nourish, feed”), Dutch voeden (“to feed”), Danish føde (“to bring forth, feed”), Swedish föda (“to bring forth, feed”), Icelandic fæða (“to feed”), and more distantly with Latin pāscō (“feed, nourish”, verb) through Indo-European. More at food, fodder.
- simple past tense and past participle of fee
fe(e) + -(e)d
feed - Computer Definition
A general term for the electronic distribution of information, whether text, audio or video. It may refer to a syndicated radio or TV program that is transmitted on a regular basis, or to a syndication feed that is available on a Web site or blog (see syndication format).