Hypertext Webster Gateway: "feeding"

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[ae]?a,
Sw. f["o]da, Dan. f["o]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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Feeding \Feed"ing\, n.
1. the act of eating, or of supplying with food; the process
of fattening.

2. That which is eaten; food.

3. That which furnishes or affords food, especially for
animals; pasture land.

{Feeding bottle}. See under {Bottle}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act of consuming food [syn: {eating}]
2: the act of supplying food and nourishment [syn: {alimentation}]

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