feeler
noun Date: 1526 one that feels: as a. a tactile process (as a tentacle) of an animal b. something (as a proposal) ventured to ascertain the views of others

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  • Feeler — Feel er, n. 1. One who, or that which, feels. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the sense organs or certain animals (as insects), which are used in testing objects by touch and in searching for food; an antenna; a palp. [1913 Webster] Insects …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feeler — early 15c., “one who feels,” agent noun from FEEL (Cf. feel) (v.). Of animal organs, 1660s. Transferred sense of “proposal put forth to observe the reaction it gets” is from 1830. Related: Feelers …   Etymology dictionary

  • feeler — ► NOUN 1) an animal organ such as an antenna that is used for testing things by touch. 2) a tentative proposal intended to ascertain someone s attitude or opinion …   English terms dictionary

  • feeler — [fēl′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that feels 2. a specialized sensory organ that projects typically from the head of an animal, esp. an insect 3. a remark, question, offer, etc. made to feel out another …   English World dictionary

  • Feeler — Infobox Album | Name = Feeler Type = Album Artist = Pete Murray Released = July 21, 2003 Recorded = 2003 Genre = Pop Length = 41:16 Label = Sony BMG Producer = Paul McKercher, Pete Murray Reviews = Allmusic [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg… …   Wikipedia

  • feeler — n. probe to put out, throw out a feeler * * * [ fiːlə] throw out a feeler [ probe ] to put out …   Combinatory dictionary

  • feeler — /fee leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that feels. 2. a proposal, remark, hint, etc., designed to bring out the opinions or purposes of others: Interested in an accord, both labor and management were putting out feelers. 3. Zool. an organ of touch …   Universalium

  • feeler — /ˈfilə / (say feeluh) noun 1. someone or something that feels. 2. a proposal, remark, hint, etc., designed to bring out the opinions or purposes of others. 3. Zoology an organ of touch, as an antenna or a tentacle. 4. (plural) → feeler gauge …   Australian English dictionary

  • feeler — n. 1 an organ in certain animals for testing things by touch or for searching for food. 2 a tentative proposal or suggestion, esp. to elicit a response (put out feelers). 3 a person or thing that feels. Phrases and idioms: feeler gauge a gauge… …   Useful english dictionary

  • feeler — n. [A.S. felan, to feel] A tactile organ of many invertebrates …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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