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Meaning of FEEDER

Pronunciation:  'feedur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
  2. [n]  a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material (especially one that discharges feed into a trough for livestock)
  3. [n]  a branch that flows into the main stream
  4. [n]  someone who consumes food for nourishment

FEEDER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: affluent, eater, self-feeder, tributary
 Antonyms: distributary
 See Also: branch, consumer, devourer, diner, domestic animal, dunker, glutton, gobbler, gorger, gourmand, luncher, machine, mouth, mycophagist, nosher, omnivore, picknicker, picnicker, scoffer, snacker, trencherman, vegetarian



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Feed"er\, n.
1. One who, or that which, gives food or supplies
   nourishment; steward.

         A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder.

2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. ``The feeder
   of my riots.'' --Shak.

3. One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed
   or fattened.

         With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder.

4. One who fattens cattle for slaughter.

5. A stream that flows into another body of water; a
   tributary; specifically (Hydraulic Engin.), a water course
   which supplies a canal or reservoir by gravitation or
   natural flow.

6. A branch railroad, stage line, or the like; a side line
   which increases the business of the main line.

7. (Mining)
   (a) A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or
       mineral vein. --Ure.
   (b) A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower.

8. (Mach.) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or
   leads along the material operated upon.

9. (Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with
   water as needed.

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