American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The sensation involving perception by touch.
- n. A sensation experienced through touch.
- n. A physical sensation: a feeling of warmth.
- n. An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires: experienced a feeling of excitement.
- n. An awareness or impression: He had the feeling that he was being followed.
- n. An emotional state or disposition; an emotion: expressed deep feeling.
- n. A tender emotion; a fondness.
- n. Capacity to experience the higher emotions; sensitivity; sensibility: a man of feeling.
- n. Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities: The child's feelings are easily hurt.
- n. Opinion based more on emotion than on reason; sentiment.
- n. A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing: The stuffy air gave one the feeling of being in a tomb.
- n. Appreciative regard or understanding: a feeling for propriety.
- n. Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel: has a feeling for language.
- adj. Having the ability to react or feel emotionally; sentient; sensitive.
- adj. Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
- adj. Expressive of sensibility or emotion: a feeling glance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of sensing or perceiving by sensation. Specifically The act of perceiving by touch, or the sense of touch.
- n. A sensation. Specifically A sensation conveyed by the sense of touch.
- n. The immediate quality of what is present to consciousness in sensation, desire, or emotion, considered apart from all activity of thought; the pure sense-element in consciousness; in a loose use, any element of consciousness not recognizable as thought or will. The word (that is, its equivalent) was introduced into philosophy as an exact term in this sense by Tetens, a German Wolffian philosopher of the eighteenth century. Kant modified the meaning, for the convenience of his system, so as to restrict it as in def. 4, below.
- n. In a restricted sense, pleasure or pain; any state or element of consciousness having a pleasurable or a painful aspect.
- n. Hence An emotion in so far as it is immediately present to consciousness, not having regard to the physiological disturbance which is one of its elements; the capacity for emotion; mental state, disposition, or faculty as regards emotion: as, a feeling of sympathy; a feeling of pride in the history of one's country. See emotion, 2.
- n. Specifically Fine or refined sensibility; fine emotional endowment; especially, tenderness or affectionateness of heart; susceptibility; in an adverse sense, sentimentality: as, a man of feeling: sometimes in the plural: as, to hurt or injure one's feelings.
- n. Obscure or vague perception; belief the reasons for which are not clearly understood: as, every one had a feeling of the truth of this statement.
- n. Opinion or determination as founded on or resulting from emotion.
- n. In the fine arts, the impression or emotion conveyed by the general expression of a work of art, or of some part or detail of it, especially as embodying a particular emotion or conception of the artist.
- n. Synonyms Thought, etc. See sentiment.
- Possessing or affected by sensibility; easily affected or moved; experiencing emotion, especially that of sympathy or compassion: as, a feeling friend or advocate.
- Expressive of sensibility; manifesting emotion or earnestness; emotive; earnest: as, a feeling look or gesture; he spoke with feeling eloquence.
- Exciting sensibility; deeply felt or realized; affecting.
- Sensibly felt or realized; emotionally experienced; vivid.
- adj. Emotionally sensitive.
- n. Sensation, particularly through the skin.
- n. Emotion; impression.
- n. always plural Emotional state or well-being.
- n. always plural Emotional attraction or desire.
- n. Intuition.
- n. An opinion, an attitude.
- v. present participle of feel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved.
- adj. Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility.
- n. 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.
- n. 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; consciousness.
- n. 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
- n. Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever
- n. That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator.
- n. an intuitive understanding of something
- n. the experiencing of affective and emotional states
- n. a physical sensation that you experience
- n. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
- n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
- n. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
- From feel + -ing. (Wiktionary)
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“The treatment in such cases is partly mental; let the patient know that the chilly feeling is only a _feeling_, and nothing alarming.”
“So the sense of beauty, the feeling for it, the desire to bring it into his work, grows up in his heart; and a new kind of fidelity -- fidelity to _feeling_ rather than to _fact_ (if I may speak for the moment in the delusive language of dualism) -- begins to weave itself into his artistic consciousness.”
“_not_ feeling pain, into matter _feeling_ pain, is only to change its "form," and, if the process of "changing form" is of no "consequence" in the case of sensitive and insensitive matter, we must admit that it is _also_ of no "consequence" in the case of pain-feeling and _not_ pain-feeling matter.”
“_feeling_ for _faith_; how easy, then, for us who do not know the heart, to mistake in them a manifestation of feeling for evidence of faith.”
“p, 279, l. 25 _feeling in_. 1724 'feeling of'.p. 282, l.”
“The feeling of existence (_sentiment d'existence_), which I shall call _inner feeling_,  so as to separate from it the idea of a general condition (_généralité_) which it does not possess, since it is not common to all living beings and not even to all animals, is”
“Ivers could not understand my feeling; and, besides, I dare not let him know what had been said by one of his own clique, lest _he should become inoculated by the same feeling_. ”
“My main feeling is that my time as a student, especially my last year, was genuinely the happiest period of my life.”
“My main feeling is that motion controls will never replace "traditional" control in any absolute sense simply because for some genres, as I see it, it would become a hindrance more than a gateway to accessibility.”
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