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
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.
Nothing will compromise your long-term financial stability faster than making major purchase decisions on a whim or gut feeling.
This year’s celebration brought some mixed feelings with President Trump’s vow to crack down on illegal immigration and to ban travel for visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, including Mr. Esmaeili’s native Iran.
Hundreds of would-be concertgoers were experiencing the same feeling—and this was only the beginning of the end.
But remember, this emo energy is all about the POWER of your feelings, and your ability to let tenderness also be totally badass.
Round One was used as a feeling-out process with each boxer throwing jabs and a couple of flurries, but that quickly changed.
The students also expressed frustration at their limited agency, a feeling of disconnect from those individuals making consequential decisions that affect their everyday lives.
PRO et CONTRA is an immersion not only into the personal dramas and feelings of the composer (which were present in the 1993 ballet), but also into his artistic world.
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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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