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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 ?
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.
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.
The women on the corn-rick--Marian, who was one of them, in particular--could stop to drink ale or cold tea from the flagon now and then, or to exchange a few gossiping remarks while they wiped their faces or cleared the fragments of straw and husk from their clothing; but for Tess there was no respite; for, as the drum never stopped, the man who fed it could not stop, and she, who had to supply the man with untied sheaves, could not stop either, unless Marian changed places with her, which she sometimes did for half an hour in spite of Groby's objections that she was too slow-handed for a feeder.
He soon proved a heavy clog upon the little party, being doltish and taciturn, lazy in the extreme, and a huge feeder. His only proof of intellect was in shrewdly avoiding all labor, and availing himself of the toil of others.
"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."
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.
According to the notice issued by the Fesco, the electric supply would remain suspended from 132kv grid station on July 1 for 11kv feeders, including Charnali, Tariq abad, Karkhana bazaar, Hayderabad and 132 kv grid station Sargodha city for 11 kv feeders, including Downstream and Madina colony.
The growing concern for the health of pets has resulted in a surge in pet service products, as a result the demand for pet feeders has increased.
According to the schedule, power supply from Mochiwala Road, City, Pensara Road, Jhang Road and Hamza Board feeders emanating from 132-KV Gojra grid station, Liaqat Abad, Bakkar Mandi, Lakkar Mandi, Sheikh Colony, Ali Housing, Gulfishan and NIAB-1 feeders originating from 132-KV Jhang Road, Bilal Road and Jhal Khannuana feeders emanating from 132-KV City grid station, Agri University
A FESCO spokesman told APP here on Tuesday that the power supply from Raza Abad and Madina Abad feeders emanating from 132-KV Narwala Road grid station, Canal Road feeder originating from 66-KV OTP grid station, Fateh Abad feeder emanating from 132-KV OTP grid station, Faisalabad Road feeder originating from 132-KV Chiniot grid station, Kashmir Wood, Ahmad Enterprises and Jewan Shah feeders emanating from 132-KV Kamal Pur grid station, Sadaqat, Gohar Textile Mills, Global and VAC-1 feeders originating from 132-KV Value Addition City grid station, Lahore Road and Sabboana feeders emanating from 132-KV Kamal Pur grid station will remain suspended from 9:00 a.m.
FESCO spokesman told APP on Saturday that power supply from Liaqat Abad, Lakkar Mandi, Bakkar Mandi, Sheikh Colony, Ali Housing and Gulfisn feeders emanating from 132-KV Jhang Roadgrid station, Rasheed Abad and Rehmat Town feeders originating from 132-KV University grid station, Rehmay Shah and Alam Shah feeders emanating from 132-KV Tandlianwala grid station will remain suspended from 9:00 a.m.