Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give food to; supply with nourishment: feed the children.
  • transitive v. To provide as food or nourishment: fed fish to the cat.
  • transitive v. To serve as food for: The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.
  • transitive v. To produce food for: The valley feeds an entire county.
  • transitive v. To provide for consumption, utilization, or operation: feed logs to a fire; feed data into a computer.
  • transitive v. To supply with something essential for growth, maintenance, or operation: Melting snow feeds the reservoirs.
  • transitive v. To distribute (a local radio or television broadcast) to a larger audience or group of receivers by way of a network or satellite.
  • transitive v. To minister to; gratify: fed their appetite for the morbid.
  • transitive v. To support or promote; encourage: His unexplained absences fed our suspicions.
  • transitive v. To supply as a cue: feed lines to an actor.
  • transitive v. Sports To pass a ball or puck to (a teammate), especially to set up a scoring chance.
  • intransitive v. To eat: pigs feeding at a trough.
  • intransitive v. To be nourished or supported: an ego that feeds on flattery.
  • intransitive v. To move steadily, as into a machine for processing.
  • intransitive v. To be channeled; flow: This road feeds into the freeway.
  • n. Food for animals or birds.
  • n. The amount of such food given at one time.
  • n. Informal A meal, especially a large one.
  • n. The act of eating.
  • n. Material or an amount of material supplied, as to a machine or furnace.
  • n. The act of supplying such material.
  • n. An apparatus that supplies material to a machine.
  • n. The aperture through which such material enters a machine.
  • n. The transmission or conveyance of a local radio or television program, as by satellite, on the Internet, or by broadcast over a network of stations.
  • n. A program or signal so transmitted or conveyed.
  • n. Sports A pass of a ball or puck, especially to set up a scoring chance.
  • idiom off (one's) feed Suffering a lack of appetite; sick: The dog is off its feed this week.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give (someone or something) food to eat, nurture.
  • v. To eat (usually of animals).
  • v. To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.
  • v. To give to a machine to be processed.
  • v. To pass to.
  • n. Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.
  • n. Something supplied continuously; as, a satellite feed.
  • n. A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
  • n. Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole.
  • n. A grazing or pasture ground.
  • n. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal.
  • n. A meal, or the act of eating.
  • n. The water supplied to steam boilers.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones.
  • n. The mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion.
  • intransitive v. To take food; to eat.
  • intransitive v. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed one's self (upon something); to prey; -- with on or upon.
  • intransitive v. To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by food.
  • intransitive v. To place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze.
  • transitive v. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.
  • transitive v. To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire.
  • transitive v. To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or wasted
  • transitive v. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard.
  • transitive v. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
  • transitive v. To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for consumption
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine.
  • transitive v. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give food to; supply with nourishment.
  • To supply; fill the requirements of; furnish material to for consumption, use, or means of operation; provide with whatever is necessary to the development, maintenance, or working of: as, canals are fed by streams and ponds; to feed a fire, a steam-engine, or a threshing-machine; to feed a lathe (by applying to the chisel the object to be turned); vanity is fed by flattery.
  • To graze; cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
  • To supply for food, consumption, or operation: as, to feed out beets to cattle; to feed water to an engine; to feed work (something to be operated on) to a lathe or other machine.
  • To entertain; amuse.
  • To take food; eat.
  • To subsist; use something for sustenance or support: with on or upon.
  • To grow fat.
  • In founding, to supply extra metal to (a thick, heavy casting) while it is setting.
  • n. Food, properly for domestic or other animals; that which is eaten by a domestic animal; provender; fodder.
  • n. Pasture-ground: grazing-land.
  • n. A meal, or the act of eating.
  • n. A certain allowance of provender given: as, a feed of corn or oats.
  • n. In mech.:
  • n. The motion or advance of any material which is being fed to a machine, as of cloth to the needle of a sewing-machine.
  • n. The material upon which a machine operates, as the grain running into a grinding-mill.
  • n. The advance of a cutting-tool, as the cutter of a planer, or the chisel of a lathe, upon or into the material to be cut.
  • n.
  • n. Same as food, n., 4.
  • n. The amount of water needed in a canal-lock to allow of the passage of a boat.
  • n. In stone-sawing, sand and water employed to assist the saw-blade in cutting.
  • n. Synonyms Feed, Food, Fodder, Provender, Forage. Feed for animals, especially animals kept for work or fattening for the market; food for human beings and the smaller animals, household pets, etc.; fodder, dry or green feed for animals, but not pasturage; provender, dry feed. Forage is rarely used except for fodder furnished for horses in an army, generally by foraging. Food is also a general word for that which supplies nourishment to any organized body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. support or promote
  • v. provide as food
  • v. profit from in an exploitatory manner
  • v. move along, of liquids
  • v. take in food; used of animals only
  • v. give food to
  • v. provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to
  • v. introduce continuously
  • v. feed into; supply
  • v. serve as food for; be the food for
  • n. food for domestic livestock
  • v. gratify

Etymologies

Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English feden, from Old English fēdan ("to feed"), from Proto-Germanic *fōdijanan (“to feed”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with West Frisian fiede ("to nourish, feed"), Dutch voeden ("to feed"), Danish føde ("to bring forth, feed"), Swedish föda ("to bring forth, feed"), Icelandic fæða ("to feed"), Latin pāscō ("feed, nourish", v). More at food. (Wiktionary)
fe(e) + -(e)d (Wiktionary)

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  • Finally, since I'll often want to read the items more than the feed, I'll add a switch parameter to extract the articles. function Get-Feed ($feed = "*", $folder, [switch] $recurse, [switch] $articles) {if (!

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  • Whilte you are at it, you can also adjust the title feed if you want the web browser to say something other than "Blog Name RSS Feed."

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  • The address of the feed is a function of the phone number you called from.

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  • Subscribing to this feed is the digital equivalent of drinking from a fire-hose.

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  • And of course, as Dave Winer says, the feed is the advertisement.

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  • High level knowledge workers in the future are likely to combine Monitor110 for what we call feed reading today with something like SystemOne for a CMS and Touchstone for alerts.

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  • We don’t use the term feed bag; that’s for horses!

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  • Sure, just to generally we want to keep this process tight with regulator, but the concern expressed by the German regulator revolved around two principle areas, one was the role that cable operators play in the large housing associations and the attempt to which cable operators might someday expand or extend their reach across orders into other territories where they don't operate today to provide more competition in that MDU or housing association market and the second concern was about the role we play and what they called the feed in market where our programmers are looking for distribution across our networks.

  • The owner of the video feed is known as a Customer.

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  • cattle feed is bought in the feed store...

    February 9, 2007

  • n.a.j.p., that's my new favorite sentence. I'm going to try to use it in conversation every day. By the way, are you coming to Thursday's steak feed?

    February 9, 2007

  • My defense for feed as noun: From a local bar "Come to Thursday's steak feed!"

    February 9, 2007

  • Good call, edwardvielmetti. Since I aspire to cater to humans, just changed the links to the Wordie feeds to read "feed," instead of "rss". Thanks!

    December 10, 2006

  • December 10, 2006