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feeder

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noun feed·er \ˈfē-dər\

Simple Definition of feeder

  • : a device for supplying food to animals

  • : a person who supplies food for animals

  • : a road, railway, etc., that connects to a larger road, railway, etc.

Full Definition of feeder

  1. 1 :  one that feeds: as a :  one that fattens livestock for slaughter b :  a device or apparatus for supplying food

  2. 2 :  one that eats or takes nourishment; especially :  an animal being fattened or one suitable for fattening

  3. 3 a :  one that supplies, replenishes, or connects b :  tributary 2 c :  a heavy wire conductor supplying electricity at some point of an electric distribution system (as from a substation) d :  branch; especially :  a branch transportation line e :  a road that provides access to a major artery

Examples of feeder

  1. a pigeon feeder holding a bag of stale bread

  2. <the lake has several feeders that have their headwaters near the Canadian border>



14th Century

First Known Use of feeder

14th century




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