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 The new species are six-gill sawsharks, which have distinctive snouts filled with teeth and catfish-like whiskers or feelers that help them detect prey. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Two new shark species have been identified and they look like nothing you've seen before," 18 Mar. 2020 Nonetheless, Trump is a great postmodern feeler, who intuits and responds to the stimuli of electronic media with the dark brilliance of an idiot savant, in the sure belief that only suckers care about objective truth. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A New Book Argues That Trump Is Television in Human Form," 4 Oct. 2019 Begin studying for your real estate license and put out feelers for a place of your own. Kristen Radtke, The New Yorker, "Your Milk-Preference Horoscope," 7 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of feeler

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Feeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeler. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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