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feed·er

 (fē′dər)
n.
1. One that supplies food: a bird feeder on a window ledge.
2.
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.
3. One that is fed, especially an animal that is being fattened for market.
4. A worker or device that feeds materials into a machine for further processing.
5. 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.
6. Any of the medium-voltage lines used to distribute electric power from a substation to consumers or to smaller substations.
7. A transmission line between an antenna and a transmitter.

feeder

(ˈfiːdə)
n
1. a person or thing that feeds or is fed
2. a child's feeding bottle or bib
3. (Agriculture) agriculture chiefly US and Canadian a head of livestock being fattened for slaughter
4. (Mechanical Engineering) a person or device that feeds the working material into a system or machine
5. (Physical Geography) a tributary channel, esp one that supplies a reservoir or canal with water
6. (Civil Engineering)
a. a road, service, etc, that links secondary areas to the main traffic network
b. (as modifier): a feeder bus.
7. (Electronics)
a. a transmission line connecting an aerial to a transmitter or receiver
b. a power line for transmitting electrical power from a generating station to a distribution network

feed•er

(ˈfi dər)

n.
1. a person or thing that supplies food or feeds something.
2. a bin or boxlike device from which farm animals may eat, esp. such a device allowing a number of chickens to feed simultaneously.
3. a person or thing that takes food or nourishment.
4. a person or device that feeds a machine.
5. a tributary stream.
6.
a. a secondary road that feeds traffic to a major road.
b. a branch of a main transportation line, as of an airline or railroad.
7. an electric conductor, or group of conductors, connecting primary equipment in an electric power system.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feeder - an animal being fattened or suitable for fatteningfeeder - an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
domestic animal, domesticated animal - any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
2.feeder - someone who consumes food for nourishmentfeeder - someone who consumes food for nourishment
consumer - a person who uses goods or services
devourer - someone who eats greedily or voraciously
diner - a person eating a meal (especially in a restaurant)
dunker - an eater who dips food into a liquid before eating it; "he was a dunker--he couldn't eat a doughnut without a cup of coffee to dunk it in"
glutton, gourmand, gourmandizer, trencherman - a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
gobbler - a hasty eater who swallows large mouthfuls
luncher - someone who is eating lunch
mouth - a person conceived as a consumer of food; "he has four mouths to feed"
mycophage, mycophagist - a person or animal who eats fungi (especially mushrooms)
nosher, snacker - someone who eats lightly or eats snacks between meals
omnivore - a person who eats all kinds of foods
picknicker, picnicker - a person who is picnicking
gorger, scoffer - someone who eats food rapidly and greedily
vegetarian - eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products
3.feeder - a branch that flows into the main streamfeeder - a branch that flows into the main stream
branch - a stream or river connected to a larger one
4.feeder - a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material; "the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock"
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
5.feeder - an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birdsfeeder - an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
6.feeder - an animal that feeds on a particular source of food; "a bark feeder"; "a mud feeder"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Translations
Einzugsschacht
sivujokisivuraidesyötinsyöttäjäsyöttöjohto
câble coaxialligne d’alimentation

feeder

[ˈfiːdəʳ]
A. N
1. (Mech) → alimentador m, tubo m de alimentación
2. (Aut, Rail) → ramal m
3. (Geog) → afluente m
4. (Brit) (= bib) → babero m
5. (= device) (for birds etc) → comedero m
B. CPD feeder (primary) school N (Brit) escuela primaria que envía alumnos a un determinado colegio de enseñanza secundaria
feeder service N (US) → servicio m secundario (de transportes)

feeder

[ˈfiːdər]
n
(also feeder school) école primaire d'où sont issus les élèves d'un collège donné
(= junior football club) → réservoir m
(also bird feeder) → mangeoire f
modif
[team, club, league] → jouant le rôle de réservoir
[airport, flight] → secondaire

feeder

n
(= bottle)Flasche f; (for birds) → Futterhalter m; (= net)Futternetz nt; automatic feederFutterautomat m
(= eater)Esser(in) m(f); the cow is a good feederdie Kuh frisst gut; peonies are quite heavy feeders (= need water/plant food)Pfingstrosen brauchen viel Wasser/Dünger
(= device supplying machine)Zubringer m
(= contributory source) (= river)Zu(bringer)fluss m; (= road)Zubringer (→ straße f) m; (= air, bus, rail service)Zubringerlinie f; (Elec) → Speiseleitung f, → Feeder m
attrZubringer-; feeder roadZubringerstraße f; feeder pipeZuleitungsrohr nt; feeder line (Rail, Aviat) → Zubringerlinie f, → Zubringerstrecke f; feeder serviceZubringerdienst m

feeder

[ˈfiːdəʳ] n
a. (baby, animal) → mangiatore/trice
a heavy feeder → un/a mangione/a
b. (road, rail) → secondario/a
References in classic literature ?
The revenue arising from his school was small, and would have been scarcely sufficient to furnish him with daily bread, for he was a huge feeder, and, though lank, had the dilating powers of an anaconda; but to help out his maintenance, he was, according to country custom in those parts, boarded and lodged at the houses of the farmers whose children he instructed.
Faith, then," said the gentleman, "this new author does not handle you with the decency that displays itself in your person; he makes you out a heavy feeder and a fool, and not in the least droll, and a very different being from the Sancho described in the First Part of your master's history.
He soon proved a heavy clog upon the little party, being doltish and taciturn, lazy in the extreme, and a huge feeder.
Farmer Groby--or, as they called him, "he"--had arrived ere this, and by his orders Tess was placed on the platform of the machine, close to the man who fed it, her business being to untie every sheaf of corn handed on to her by Izz Huett, who stood next, but on the rick; so that the feeder could seize it and spread it over the revolving drum, which whisked out every grain in one moment.
This stream in which he stood was a feeder to the Coppermine River, which in turn flowed north and emptied into Coronation Gulf and the Arctic Ocean.
I have been, Mr Snawley,' said Mr Squeers, when he had satisfied himself upon this point, 'I have been that chap's benefactor, feeder, teacher, and clother.
The gross feeder is a man in the larva state; and there are whole nations in that condition, nations without fancy or imagination, whose vast abdomens betray them.
And so in gymnastics, if a man takes violent exercise and is a great feeder, and the reverse of a great student of music and philosophy, at first the high condition of his body fills him with pride and spirit, and lie becomes twice the man that he was.
From between the knolls, a feeder to the main canyon and likewise fringed with redwoods, emerged a smaller canyon.
Dogs are at the best no more than verminous vagrants, self-scratchers, foul feeders, and unclean by the law of Moses and Mohammed; but a dog with whom one lives alone for at least six months in the year; a free thing, tied to you so strictly by love that without you he will not stir or exercise; a patient, temperate, humorous, wise soul, who knows your moods before you know them yourself, is not a dog under any ruling.
So the feast passed merrily, and never had that inn seen such lusty feeders as these four stout fellows; but at last they were done their eating, though it seemed as though they never would have ended, and sat loitering over the sack.
Circling around to the right and dropping down along the cattle-trails, he quested for another way back to Sonoma Valley; but the cattle-trails seemed to fade out, and the chaparral to grow thicker with a deliberate viciousness and even when he won through in places, the canon and small feeders were too precipitous for his horse, and turned him back.