by feel


: by feeling with one's hands when one cannot see
It was too dark too see anything, so she had to find the door knob by feel.
: by being guided by physical feelings, the senses, etc., instead of by rules or directions
an athlete who plays by feel

Examples of by feel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web María de Lourdes Ortiz Zacarías swiftly cuts hundreds of strips of newsprint and colored crepe paper needed to make a piñata, soothed by Norteño music on the radio while measuring pieces by feel. Fabiola Sánchez, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2023 Rangers boss Bruce Bochy and Dusty Baker of the Astros offer experience, calm and have mastered managing the game by feel. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2023 Nissan unfortunately went all-in on haptic-touch buttons on the dash and the console, meaning nothing can be operated by feel—and the driver-attention monitor is quick to scold those whose eyes are diverted from the road. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 27 May 2023 Progression run workouts are best run by feel or perceived effort, but they can also be gauged by heart rate or actual pace. Outside Online, 22 Mar. 2021 That said, never stick to a schedule, and always go by feel. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 7 June 2023 That’s quite a pace range, which is just another reason why learning to run steady runs by feel is important. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 8 Apr. 2021 Settling on a rotation in March won’t preclude him from changes during April’s playoffs; Lue coaches by feel, and Minnesota coach Chris Finch called the Clippers’ ability to theoretically plug in an out-of-rotation veteran as a postseason adjustment a unique advantage. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 Outdated ultrasound devices left doctors at some hospitals in that part of the country to feed tubes into patients’ arteries by feel alone. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, 5 May 2022 See More

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“By feel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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