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English Dictionary: feed by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
feed
n
  1. food for domestic livestock
    Synonym(s): feed, provender
v
  1. provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
  2. give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
    Synonym(s): feed, give
    Antonym(s): famish, starve
  3. feed into; supply; "Her success feeds her vanity"
  4. introduce continuously; "feed carrots into a food processor"
    Synonym(s): feed, feed in
  5. support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"
  6. take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?"
    Synonym(s): feed, eat
  7. serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
  8. move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
    Synonym(s): run, flow, feed, course
  9. profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity"
    Synonym(s): prey, feed
  10. gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view"
    Synonym(s): feed, feast
  11. provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"
    Synonym(s): fertilize, fertilise, feed
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fee \Fee\ (f[emac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feed} (f[emac]d); p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Feeing}.]
      To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to
      recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
  
               The patient . . . fees the doctor.         --Dryden.
  
               There's not a one of them but in his house I keep a
               servant feed.                                          --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Feed \Feed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Feeding}.] [AS. f[?]dan, fr. f[?]da food; akin to C?.
      f[?]dian, OFries f[?]da, f[?]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan,
      Icel. f[91][?]a, Sw. f[94]da, Dan. f[94]de. [?] 75. See
      {Food}.]
      1. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy
            the physical huger of.
  
                     If thine enemy hunger, feed him.         --Rom. xii.
                                                                              20.
  
                     Unreasonable reatures feed their young. --Shak.
  
      2. To satisfy; grafity or minister to, as any sense, talent,
            taste, or desire.
  
                     I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
                     Feeding him with the hope of liberty. --Knolles.
  
      3. To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or
            wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill;
            to feed a furnace with coal.
  
      4. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen,
            develop, and guard.
  
                     Thou shalt feed people Israel.            --2 Sam. v. 2.
  
                     Mightiest powers by deepest calms are feed. --B.
                                                                              Cornwall.
  
      5. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by
            cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it
            with sheep.
  
                     Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
                                                                              --Mortimer.
  
      6. To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for
            consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed
            water to a steam boiler.
  
      7. (Mach.)
            (a) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a
                  machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
            (b) To produce progressive operation upon or with (as in
                  wood and metal working machines, so that the work
                  moves to the cutting tool, or the tool to the work).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Feed \Feed\, v. i.
      1. To take food; to eat.
  
                     Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it
                     would not feed.                                 --De Foe.
  
      2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed
            one's self (upon something); to prey; -- with on or upon.
  
                     Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. --Shak.
  
      3. To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by
            food. [bd]He feeds upon the cooling shade.[b8] --Spenser.
  
      4. To place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze.
  
                     If a man . . . shall put in his beast, and shall
                     feed in another man's field.               --Ex. xxii. 5.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Feed \Feed\, n.
      1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder;
            pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed
            for sheep.
  
      2. A grazing or pasture ground. --Shak.
  
      3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a
            meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.
  
      4. A meal, or the act of eating. [R.]
  
                     For such pleasure till that hour At feed or fountain
                     never had I found.                              --Milton.
  
      5. The water supplied to steam boilers.
  
      6. (Mach.)
            (a) The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to
                  be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing
                  machine; or of producing progressive operation upon
                  any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning
                  lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the
                  work.
            (b) The supply of material to a machine, as water to a
                  steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of
                  stones.
            (c) The mechanism by which the action of feeding is
                  produced; a feed motion.
  
      {Feed bag}, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule.
           
  
      {Feed cloth}, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other
            fiber, into a machine, as for carding, etc.
  
      {Feed door}, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal.
  
      {Feed head}.
            (a) A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam
                  boiler.
            (b) (Founding) An excess of metal above a mold, which
                  serves to render the casting more compact by its
                  pressure; -- also called a {riser}, {deadhead}, or
                  simply {feed} or {head} --Knight.
  
      {Feed heater}.
            (a) (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for
                  the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.
            (b) A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.
                 
  
      {Feed motion}, [or] {Feed gear} (Mach.), the train of
            mechanism that gives motion to the part that directly
            produces the feed in a machine.
  
      {Feed pipe}, a pipe for supplying the boiler of a steam
            engine, etc., with water.
  
      {Feed pump}, a force pump for supplying water to a steam
            boiler, etc.
  
      {Feed regulator}, a device for graduating the operation of a
            feeder. --Knight.
  
      {Feed screw}, in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a
            regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.
  
      {Feed water}, water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.
  
      {Feed wheel} (Mach.), a kind of feeder. See {Feeder}, n., 8.
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