feed
I. verb (fed; feeding) Etymology: Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan; akin to Old English fōda food — more at food Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to give food to b. to give as food 2. a. to furnish something essential to the development, sustenance, maintenance, or operation of <
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b. to supply (material to be operated on) to a machine 3. to produce or provide food for 4. a. satisfy, gratify b. support, encourage 5. a. (1) to supply for use or consumption (2) channel, route b. (1) to supply (a signal) to an electronic circuit (2) to send (as by wire or satellite) to a transmitting station for broadcast 6. to supply (a fellow actor) with cues and situations that make a role more effective 7. to pass a ball or puck to (a teammate) especially for a shot at the goal intransitive verb 1. a. to consume food ; eat b. prey — used with on, upon, or off 2. to become nourished or satisfied or sustained as if by food 3. a. to become channeled or directed b. to move into a machine or opening in order to be used or processed II. noun Date: 1576 1. a. an act of eating b. meal; especially a large meal 2. a. food for livestock; specifically a mixture or preparation for feeding livestock b. the amount given at each feeding 3. a. material supplied (as to a furnace or machine) b. a mechanism by which the action of feeding is effected c. the motion or process of carrying forward the material to be operated upon (as in a machine) d. the act or process of feeding a signal (as an audio or video transmission); also the signal being fed 4. the action of passing a ball or puck to a team member who is in position to score

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  • Feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — Feed, n. 1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An allowance of provender given to a horse,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feed — may refer to:* As a verb, to feed means to give food to, or to eat food. See feeding. * Feed as a noun often refers to animal feed, food given to or meant for livestock (see also fodder )Inserting one thing into another: * Card feed * Paper… …   Wikipedia

  • Feed — (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fed} (f[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Feeding}.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f[ o]da, Dan. f[ o]de. [root]75. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feed — vb Feed, nourish, pasture, graze are comparable when they mean to provide the food that one needs or desires. Feed is the comprehensive term applicable not only to persons and animals but also to plants and, by extension, to whatever consumes… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • feed — [fēd] vt. fed, feeding [ME feden < OE fedan < base of foda, FOOD] 1. to give food to; provide food for 2. a) to provide as food [to feed oats to horses] b) to serve as food for …   English World dictionary

  • Feed — Feed, v. i. 1. To take food; to eat. [1913 Webster] Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it would not feed. De Foe. [1913 Webster] 2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one s self (upon something); to prey; with on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feed — (englisch feed „Einspeisung“, „Zufuhr“) oder Newsfeed wird im Deutschen als jargon sprachliche Bezeichnung verwendet für elektronische Nachrichten aus dem Internet, die kostenlos abonniert und automatisch in einen Feedreader oder auch in den …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • feed — fēd vb, fed fed; feed·ing vt 1 a) to give food to b) to give as food 2) to produce or provide food for vi to consume food: EAT feed n …   Medical dictionary

  • Feed — [fi:d], der; s, s [engl. feed, eigtl. = Versorgung, Einspeisung] (Jargon): elektronische Nachricht aus dem Internet, die kostenlos abonniert u. in ein E Mail Programm o. Ä. eingespeist werden kann …   Universal-Lexikon

  • feed — feed; un·feed; …   English syllables

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