A woman comforts her child who is feeling sad.
- The definition of feeling is sympathetic or having emotion.
An example of feeling used as an adjective is the phrase a "feeling soul" which means a person who is very emotional towards others.
- Feeling is defined as the sense of touch or something experienced through touch or emotion.
- An example of feeling is the act of sensing that the surface of something is smooth because you touched it.
- An example of a feeling is sadness.
- An example of a feeling is a sudden sense to turn around right before a storm hits.
Origin of feelingMiddle English feling: see feel and amp; -ing
- that one of the senses by which sensations of contact, pressure, temperature, and pain are transmitted through the skin; sense of touch
- the power or faculty of experiencing physical sensation
- an awareness; consciousness; sensation: a feeling of pain
- emotion or sensitivity: singing with feeling
- an emotion
- the power or faculty of experiencing emotions and subjective responses: to hurt someone's feelings
- a kindly, generous attitude; sympathy; pity
- an opinion or sentiment: a feeling that he is honest
- a premonition: a feeling that we will win
- an impression or emotional quality; air; atmosphere: the lonely feeling of the city at night
- a natural ability or sensitive appreciation: a feeling for music
- the emotional quality in a work of art
- a. The sense of touch: lost feeling in a toe.b. A sensation experienced through this sense: enjoyed the feeling of rain on my face.c. A physical sensation other than one experienced though touch: a feeling of warmth.
- a. An emotion, such as joy or sorrow: a feeling of loss.b. Strong mental agitation or excitement involving the emotions: eyes that showed deep feeling.c. An emotion of affection; a fondness: Does she have feelings for you?
- a. The capacity to experience refined emotions; sensitivity; sensibility: a man of feeling.b. feelings Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities: The child's feelings are easily hurt.
- An awareness or impression: He had the feeling that he was being followed.
- An opinion based strongly on emotion; sentiment: voters' feelings on tax reform. See Synonyms at view.
- a. A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing: This office has the feeling of a fortress.b. The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art: the painting's feeling of anguish.
- a. Appreciative regard or understanding: has no feeling for propriety.b. Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel: has a feeling for language.
- Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
- Expressive of sensibility or emotion: a feeling glance.
(comparative more feeling, superlative most feeling)
- Sensation, particularly through the skin.
- The wool on my arm produced a strange feeling.
- Emotion; impression.
- The house gave me a feeling of dread.
- (always in the plural) Emotional state or well-being.
- You really hurt my feelings when you said that.
- (always in the plural) Emotional attraction or desire.
- Many people still have feelings for their first love.
- He has no feeling for what he can say to somebody in such a fragile emotional condition.
- I've got a funny feeling that this isn't going to work.
- An opinion, an attitude.
- Present participle of feel.
From feel + -ing.
Variant of feel
transitive verbfelt, feeling
- to touch or handle in order to become aware of; examine or test by touching or handling
- to perceive or be aware of through physical sensation: to feel rain on the face
- to experience (an emotion or condition): to feel joy, pain, etc.
- to be moved by or very sensitive to: to feel death keenly
- to be aware of through intellectual perception: to feel the weight of an argument
- to think or believe, often for unanalyzed or emotional reasons: he feels that we should go
Origin of feelMiddle English felen ; from Old English felan, akin to German fühlen and amp; Classical Latin palpare, to stroke ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to fly, flutter, cause to tremble from source Old English fīfealde, German falter, butterfly
- to have physical sensation; be sentient
- to appear to be to the senses, esp. to the sense of touch: the water feels warm
- to have the indicated emotional effect: it feels good to be wanted
- to try to find something by touching; grope (for)
- to be or be aware of being: to feel sad, sick, certain, etc.
- to be moved to sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- the act of feeling; perception by the senses
- the sense of touch
- the nature of a thing as perceived through touch: the feel of wet sawdust
- an emotional sensation or effect: the feel of happiness
- instinctive ability or appreciation: a feel for design
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