Hypertext Webster Gateway: "feel"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Feel \Feel\, n.
1. Feeling; perception. [R.]

To intercept and have a more kindly feel of its
genial warmth. --Hazlitt.

2. A sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon
one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy

The difference between these two tumors will be
distinguished by the feel. --S. Sharp.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Feel \Feel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Felt}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Feeling}.] [AS. f?lan; akin to OS. gif?lian to perceive, D.
voelen to feel, OHG. fuolen, G. f["u]hlen, Icel. f[=a]lma to
grope, and prob. to AS. folm paim of the hand, L. palma. Cf.
{Fumble}, {Palm}.]
1. To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means
of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body,
especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited
by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.

Who feel Those rods of scorpions and those whips of
steel. --Creecn.

2. To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this
piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often
with out.

Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son.
--Gen. xxvii.

He hath this to feel my affection to your honor.

3. To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to
experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or
sensetive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain.

Teach me to feel another's woe. --Pope.

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil
thing. --Eccl. viii.

He best can paint them who shall feel them most.

Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt.

4. To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to
have an inward persuasion of.

For then, and not till then, he felt himself.

5. To perceive; to observe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{To feel the helm} (Naut.), to obey it.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Feel \Feel\, v. i.
1. To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything
with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the
surface of the body.

2. To have the sensibilities moved or affected.

[She] feels with the dignity of a Roman matron.

And mine as man, who feel for all mankind. --Pope.

3. To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind,
persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's
self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the
state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded.

I then did feel full sick. --Shak.

4. To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know
certainly or without misgiving.

Garlands . . . which I feel I am not worthy yet to
wear. --Shak.

5. To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce
an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by
an adjective describing the kind of sensation.

Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels
smooth. --Dryden.

{To feel after}, to search for; to seek to find; to seek as a
person groping in the dark. ``If haply they might feel
after him, and find him.'' --Acts xvii. 27.

{To feel of}, to examine by touching.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's
easy when you get the feel of it"
2: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the
effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city
excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the
meeting"; "it had the smell of treason" [syn: {spirit}, {tone},
{feeling}, {flavor}, {flavour}, {look}, {smell}]
3: a property perceived by touch [syn: {tactile property}]
4: manual-genital stimulation for sexual pleasure; "the girls
hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"
v 1: undergo an emotional sensation; "She felt resentful"; "He
felt regret" [syn: {experience}]
2: come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or
indefinite grounds: "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I
find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather
entertaining" [syn: {find}]
3: perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin
or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object
brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt
the heat when she got out of the car" [syn: {sense}]
4: seem with respect to the sensation given; of physical
states, indicating as health, etc.: "My cold is gone--I
feel fine today"; "She felt tired after the long hike"
5: have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to
someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and
insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the
students feel different about themselves"
6: undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of
inflation"; "her fingers felt their way through the string
quartet"; "she felt his contempt of her"
7: be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels
shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
8: grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his
9: examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer
fingered the sweater" [syn: {finger}]
10: examine by palpation for medical purposes; as of body parts;
"The nurse palpated the patient's stomach"; "The runner
felt her pulse" [syn: {palpate}]
11: find by testing or cautious exploration; "He felt his way
around the dark room"
12: produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home
13: pass one's hands over the sexual organs of (slang); "He felt
the girl in the movie theater"

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