Definition of feeder
1 : one that feeds: such asa : one that fattens livestock for slaughterb : a device or apparatus for supplying food
2 : one that eats or takes nourishment; especially : an animal being fattened or one suitable for fattening
3a : one that supplies, replenishes, or connectsb : tributary 1c : a heavy wire conductor supplying electricity at some point of an electric distribution system (as from a substation)d : branch; especially : a branch transportation linee : a road that provides access to a major artery
Examples of feeder in a Sentence
a pigeon feeder holding a bag of stale bread
the lake has several feeders that have their headwaters near the Canadian border
Recent Examples of feeder from the Web
Coyotes are opportunistic feeders and thrive in suburban, urban, and rural areas.
Recently, a homeowner 4 miles (6 kilometers) away captured photos of some 50 monkeys swarming his deer feeder.
One line of argument suggested that ancestral baleen whales were suction feeders and that this led to the loss of teeth and the subsequent evolution of baleen.
The town also provided $18,000 for a vehicle for a feeder for riders from Indiana 55 to the Broadway Metro Express.
Near the plants are a nest box and also a nyjer seed feeder.
Jim McManus and Paul Stevens started the Glenview Blaze Baseball program, a feeder program for both Glenbrook South and Loyola, in 1999.
Carter said the fish would be stocked in the shallows of a number of feeder creeks.
Bird feeders, pet food and unsecured trash bins can also draw bears out from their natural woodland habitat.
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First Known Use of feeder
FEEDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feeder for English Language Learners
: 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.
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