from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something, such as a hint or question, designed to elicit the attitudes or intentions of others.
- n. Zoology A sensory or tactile organ, such as an antenna, tentacle, or barbel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone or something that feels.
- n. An antenna or appendage used for feeling, especially on an insect.
- n. Something ventured to test (an)other(s)' feelings, opinion, position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, feels.
- n. One of the sense organs or certain animals (as insects), which are used in testing objects by touch and in searching for food; an antenna; a palp.
- n. Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc., put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which feels.
- n. Specifically Any special organ of touch of an animal; a tactile part.
- n. The representation on an artificial fly of an antenna of an insect. Feelers are folded back, extending above and sometimes beyond the wings.
- n. Any indirect act, device, stratagem, or plan resorted to for the purpose of finding out something which cannot be ascertained directly, especially the designs, opinions, or sentiments of others.
- n. Nautical, the first onset of a storm, followed by a short calm.
- n. A thickness-gage.
- n. A thin piece of metal for determining the space or play left in a bearing or for determining the distance between the two plates in a riveted joint.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste
- n. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
- n. sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ
- n. slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
to feel + -er (Wiktionary)