feeder (plural feeders)
- One who feeds, or gives food to another.
- One who feeds, or takes in food.
- c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene v]:
- The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
More than the wild-cat; […]
- 1871, George Miller Beard, Eating and Drinking:
- There are many who are dietarians in theory, but liberal feeders in practice. They suppose or maintain that it is a duty to deny oneself of all luxuries at the table, but practically they take the best that they can get.
- One who, or that which, feeds material into something (especially a machine).
- 2007, Thomas E. Lightburn, The Shield and the Shark, page 173:
- When the claxon sounded they immediately stopped what they were doing and uncovered the Oerlikon. Paddy, who was ammunition feeder, stood by while Jock trained the 20mm gun around.
- That which is used to feed.
- a bird feeder
- A tributary stream, especially of a canal.
- 1827, Conrad Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Edinburgh: Adam Black, volume 6, book 101, 285:
- The surface of the Balaton and the surrounding marshes is not less than 24 German square miles, or 384 English square miles; its principal feeder is the Szala, but all the water it receives appears inconsiderable relatively to its superficial extent, and the quantity lost in evaporation.
- A branch line of a railway.
- 1942 May-June, Charles E. Lee, “The Brampton Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 140:
- This line, described as a valuable feeder to the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, was opened on July 8, 1836, and superseded the older wagonway.
- 1959 August, “Talking of Trains: The costs of transport”, in Trains Illustrated, page 346:
- Another factor to be allowed for in establishing the remunerativeness of a service was its value as a feeder to the rest of the system.
- A transmission line that feeds the electricity for an electricity substation, or for a transmitter.
- (education) Short for .
- (shipbuilding, navigation) A feeder ship.
- (US, law) A judge whose law clerks are often selected to become clerks for the Supreme Court.
- (baseball, slang, archaic, 1800s) The pitcher.
- (video games, derogatory) A player whose character is killed by the opposing player or team more than once, deliberately or through lack of skills and experience, thus helping the opposing side.
- (obsolete) One who abets another.
- c. 1598–1600 (date written), William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv], lines 815–818:
- Go with me; if you like upon report
The soil, the profit, and this kind of life,
I will your very faithful feeder be,
And buy it with your gold right suddenly.
- (obsolete) A parasite.
Derived terms edit
- birdfeeder (bird feeder)
- bottlefeeder (bottle feeder, bottle-feeder)
- bottom feeder (bottom-feeder)
- feeder cattle
- feeder fish
- feeder fund
- feeder head
- feeder reservoir
- feeder school
- filter feeder (filter-feeder)
- fluid feeder
- foul feeder
- snake feeder
that which is used to feed
railway branch line
baseball: pitcher — see pitcher
feeder m (genitive singular feeder, plural feederyn)
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