Hypertext Webster Gateway: "feeling"

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)

Feeling \Feel"ing\, a.
1. Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved;
as, a feeling heart.

2. Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing,
sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his

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

Feeling \Feel"ing\, n.
1. The sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the
body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the
body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in
the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body,
especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous
sensibility to external objects.

Why was the sight To such a tender ball as the eye
confined, . . . And not, as feeling, through all
parts diffused? --Milton.

2. An act or state of perception by the sense above
described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an
act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself;

The apprehension of the good Gives but the greater
feeling to the worse. --Shak.

3. The capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high
degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the
sensibility not dependent on the body; as, a man of
feeling; a man destitute of feeling.

4. Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the
capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a
right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly
feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility.

A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick.

Tenderness for the feelings of others. --Macaulay.

5. That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental
emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect
similarly the spectator. --Fairholt.

Syn: Sensation; emotion; passion; sentiment; agitation;
opinion. See {Emotion}, {Passion}, {Sentiment}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the psychological feature of experiencing affective and
emotional states; "he had a feeling of euphoria"
2: a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his
impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings
about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his
sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying" [syn: {impression},
{belief}, {notion}, {opinion}]
3: 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},
{feel}, {flavor}, {flavour}, {look}, {smell}]
4: a physical sensation that you experience; "he had a queasy
feeling"; "I had a strange feeling in my leg"; "he lost
all feeling in his arm"
5: the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin;
"she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface
had a greasy feeling" [syn: {touch}, {touch sensation}, {tactual
sensation}, {tactile sensation}]
6: an intuitive understanding of something; "he had a great
feeling for music"

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