- 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.
A mother feeding her baby.
feed definition by Webster's New World
- to give food to; provide food for
- to provide as food: to feed oats to horses
- to serve as food for
- 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: Middle 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
- Radio, TV a transmission by satellite, land lines, etc., as that sent by a network to individual stations for broadcast
feed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb Fed fed , feed·ing, feeds verb, transitive
- 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 distribute (a local radio or television broadcast) to a larger audience or group of receivers by way of a network or satellite.
- 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: 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 or birds.b. The amount of such food given at one time.
- Informal A meal, especially a large one.
- The act of eating.
- 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 a local radio or television program, as by satellite, on the Internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.b. A program or signal so transmitted or conveyed.
- Sports A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.
Origin: Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
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).
feed - Phrases/Idioms
feed onor feed upon
- to take as food; eat: said chiefly of animals
- to get satisfaction, support, etc. from
off one's feed
off (one's) feed
Variant of fee
- Historical heritable land held from a feudal lord in return for service; fief; feudal benefice
- Historical the right to hold such land
- Obsolete payment, service, or homage due a superior
- payment asked or given for professional services, admissions, licenses, tuition, etc.; charge
- Now Rare a present of money; tip; gratuity
- an inheritable estate in real property
Origin: Middle English estate, fief, payment ; from Anglo-French (; from Old French feu, fief ; from Germanic as in Old High German feho, fihu, akin to Old English feoh) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pek- from source Old English feoh, cattle, property