- a person or thing that feeds; specif.,
- a device that feeds material into a machine
- a device that supplies food to animals or birds
- an animal, esp. a steer, being fattened
- anything that supplies or leads into something else; tributary; specif., a branch transportation line (in full feeder line)
- Elec. a conductor supplying current or signals to a substation, antenna, etc.
- One that supplies food: a bird feeder on a window ledge.
- a. One that eats in a specified manner. Used of an animal: a filter feeder; a bottom feeder.b. One that consumes nutrients to a specified degree. Used of a plant: heavy feeders such as rhubarb or tomatoes.
- One that is fed, especially an animal that is being fattened for market.
- A worker or device that feeds materials into a machine for further processing.
- Something that contributes to the operation, maintenance, or supply of something else, especially:a. A tributary stream.b. A branch line of a transport system, as of an airline or a railroad.
- Any of the medium-voltage lines used to distribute electric power from a substation to consumers or to smaller substations.
- A transmission line between an antenna and a transmitter.
- That which feeds.
- That which is used to feed.
- a bird feeder
- A tributary stream, especially of a canal.
- A branch line of a railway
- A transmission line that feeds the electricity for an electricity substation, or for a transmitter.
- (baseball, slang, archaic, 1800s) The pitcher.
- (video games, derogatory) A player who is killed by the opposing player or team more than once through lack of skills and experience, thus helping the opposing side.
- Stop feeding! You feeder.
- The participant in feederism who feeds the other (the feedee).
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- She filled the feeder and let Destiny throw some grain through the fence.
- In 1898, at Birmingham, a prize of £ioo was given for a self-moving vehicle for light loads, ioo and 50 for self-moving vehicles for heavy loads, and fio for safety feeder to chaff-cutter, in accordance with the Chaffcutting Machines (Accidents) Act 1897.
- Yama-mai worm of Japan, Antheraea (Sarnia) yama-mai, an oak-feeder, is a race of considerable importance in Japan, where it was said to be jealously guarded against foreigners.
- The railway runs through the centre of the rice-producing area, and feeder roads open up the country as far as the Shan foot-hills.
- It lies in a deep valley on the Hindburn, a feeder of the Calder.