Feed

Definition of Feed

Pronunciation: fēd
v. t.1.To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.
[imp. & p. p. Fed (fĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Feeding.]
If thine enemy hunger, feed him.
- Rom. xii. 20.
Unreasonable creatures feed their young.
- Shak.
2.To satisfy; gratify 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 my people Israel.
- 2 Sam. v. 2.
Mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed.
- 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.) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For such pleasure till that hour
At feed or fountain never had I found.
- Milton.
5.The water supplied to steam boilers.
6.(Mach.) 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.
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
Feed heater
a - (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.
- Knight.
b - A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.
Feed motion
(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.
Feed screw
in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.
- Knight.
Feed water
water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.
Feed wheel
(Mach.) a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.

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