feel·​er | \ ˈfē-lər How to pronounce feeler (audio) \

Definition of feeler

: one that feels: such as
a : a tactile process (such as a tentacle) of an animal
b : something (such as a proposal) ventured to ascertain the views of others

Examples of feeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its wisp of a body appeared to defy gravity, poised upside down on a white slant of newsprint, its back legs bent like reverse elbows, as the other four legs danced and the feelers explored for something to sustain it. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 Last fall, the airport put out feelers to see if there were any businesses interested in pursuing such projects there. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Two big air cargo projects proposed for Anchorage International Airport," 19 July 2019 Putting out feelers There is one intriguing clue as to why Elektorornis had such long toes: The amber-entombed foot preserves bits of the surrounding skin and feathers, including strands called scutellate scale filaments. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes," 11 July 2019 Ottman put out feelers to Fox and he was informed that because the script used core X-Men characters such as Prof. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Longtime 'X-Men' Editor Shares His Abandoned 'Beast' Script," 14 June 2019 According to Bild, Manchester City, who are in the market for a new central defender this summer, are putting out feelers to try and secure a deal for the Swiss. SI.com, "Man City 'Preparing Offer' for Borussia Monchengladbach Defender Nico Elvedi," 22 June 2019 Jordon set them in the right direction, got the word out on campus to see how many students might be interested, put out feelers for a coach and investigated the availability of pool time. Ken Grosse, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Dieguito swimming team makes splash in first year," 16 May 2019 McLaren last raced in the Indy 500 in the 1970s but is back this season to both help Alonso complete his quest to win motorsports’ version of the Triple Crown and as a feeler for a potential full-time IndyCar team. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Kyle Kaiser knocks Alonso, McLaren out of Indy 500," 20 May 2019 If there are any feelers going out about cost-sharing, that’s a likely topic. Washington Post, "At Trump-Kim summit, don’t expect NKorea to foot the bill," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of feeler

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Feeler.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeler. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of feeler

: a movable part (such as an antenna) of an animal or insect that is used for touching things
: a suggestion or question to find out the thoughts or opinions of other people


feel·​er | \ ˈfē-lər How to pronounce feeler (audio) \

Kids Definition of feeler

: a long flexible structure (as an insect's antenna) that is an organ of touch


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Medical Definition of feeler

: one that feels especially : a tactile process (as a tentacle) of an animal

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