noun, often attributive
feed·​er | \ ˈfē-dər How to pronounce feeder (audio) \

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
3a : one that supplies, replenishes, or connects
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

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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 on the Web Then, allow the bird feeder to air dry completely before filling and putting it back out. Pick up below the feeders. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 2 May 2022 This balcony on a property designed by Madeleine Stuart is bare, except for a bird feeder. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 18 Apr. 2022 Anyone with access to a bird feeder and a willingness to learn about birds can become a community scientist through the collaborative’s training steps. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 Sparrows gathered at the bird feeder and a banana-yellow goldfinch perched on the apple tree. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 Coco does not travel on highways or other high-speed streets, but a sidewalk on the feeder gave me hope that the robot's mission would be successful. Emma Balter, Chron, 17 May 2022 Most important is using the right feeder to bring them to your yard. Alison Allsopp, Country Living, 10 May 2022 The dove defends its place on the feeder with something Beth calls the kung-fu wing slap. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Once opened, dry pet food can go stale, even if stored in the reservoir of a feeder. Lindsay Pevny, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of feeder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2022

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“Feeder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeder. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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