feeder

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noun, often attributive feed·er \ ˈfē-dər \

Definition of feeder

1 :one that feeds: such as
a :one that fattens livestock for slaughter
b :a device or apparatus for supplying food
2 :one that eats or takes nourishment; especially :an animal being fattened or one suitable for fattening
3 a :one that supplies, replenishes, or connects
b :tributary 1
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 in a Sentence

  1. a pigeon feeder holding a bag of stale bread

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

Recent Examples of feeder from the Web

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First Known Use of feeder

14th century

feeder Synonyms


FEEDER Defined for English Language Learners

feeder

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noun

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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