Definition of feeling
1a (1) : the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic : touch (2) : a sensation experienced through this senseb : generalized bodily consciousness or sensationc : appreciative or responsive awareness or recognition experience a feeling of safety
2a : an emotional state or reaction a kindly feeling toward the boyb feelings plural : susceptibility to impression : sensitivity the remark hurt her feelings
3a : the undifferentiated background of one's awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thoughtb : the overall quality of one's awarenessc : conscious recognition : sense
5 : capacity to respond emotionally especially with the higher emotions found out how much feeling his mother really had
6 : the character ascribed to something : atmosphere The place had the feeling of a haunted house.
7a : the quality of a work of art that conveys the emotion of the artist the feeling of the outdoors has been realized with sky-blue ceiling and natural colors — Playthingsb : sympathetic aesthetic response a person of fine feeling
8 : feel 4
Examples of feeling in a Sentence
I noticed tingling feelings in my fingers.
She had a queasy feeling in her stomach.
I had the feeling of something crawling across my foot.
We enjoyed the feeling of walking barefoot in the sand.
He had no feeling in his right leg.
He's been troubled by feelings of guilt.
There's no point in trying to hide your feelings.
He spoke with feeling about the injustice he had seen.
Have you no feeling for the plight of the homeless?
I can see that you have strong feelings about this subject.
Recent Examples of feeling from the Web
Lonsway accepted the offer, and now a two-level custom glass tread staircase enhances the already sleek, state-of-the art feeling of the townhouse, which also has a luxury glass elevator that whisks occupants up and down the five floors.
Don’t head into the event on either an empty or a fully stomach—both feelings can be distracting, and feeling ill definitely won’t help with the nervousness.
The simple feeling Molly Sims wanted to evoke with her son Grey Douglas‘ nursery?
A new study of astronomers finds that 28% of the women of color who responded reported feeling unsafe in their workplace due to their race, and that about 40% reported feeling unsafe because of their gender.
And going to work on something that is so beloved is obviously a great feeling and a great responsibility as well.
Last season, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. went from the altar one day to feeling like he was left there the next.
Courtney is sitting in a chilly cubicle, where purplish-pink overhead lights, designed to make the video stand out, give the room a feeling of perpetual dusk.
To truly get a feel for old-school R&B that sends listeners into the depths of their feelings, make your way to at least one of the two Moore performances tonight.
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First Known Use of feeling
Synonym Discussion of feeling
FEELING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feeling for English Language Learners
: an awareness by your body of something in it or on it
: an emotional state or reaction
: thoughts of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
FEELING Defined for Kids
Definition of feeling for Students
1 : the sense by which a person knows whether things are hard or soft, hot or cold, heavy or light
2 : a sensation of temperature or pressure a feeling of cold a feeling of pain
3 : a state of mind a feeling of joy
4 feelings plural : the state of a person's emotions … she did not want her father's feelings hurt. — Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby
5 : an opinion, belief, or expectation I have the feeling we've met before.
Medical Definition of feeling
1a: the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic : touchb: a sensation experienced through this sense
2: an emotional state or reaction guilt feelings
3: the overall quality of one's awareness especially as measured along a pleasantness-unpleasantness continuum
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