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
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.
The left lane of DeSaix Boulevard from St. Bernard Avenue to Wisner Boulevard will be closed for the Grady Crawford Construction Company to perform electrical feeder line work, pipe installation and roadway restoration.
Players are chosen for the series from 13 feeder games that are played around the state in early June.
Another favorite is the trigger fish, a slow-moving bottom feeder whose firm, mild-tasting flesh makes a tasty ceviche.
The Lynx blew out WNBA bottom-feeders Connecticut and San Antonio in their most recent outings before struggling to collect wins over Dallas (89-87 on May 20) and Connecticut (80-78 on May 23).
The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in western North Dakota in separate incidents in March, and the Dakota Access line leaked 84 gallons of oil in northern South Dakota in April.
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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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