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
When she got a feeler from the two-year-old online auction business, she hadn't expected to be interested.
When she first got a feeler from the two-year-old online auction business, she hadn't expected to be interested.
The battle of the preceding day had been a sort of "feeler" -- now the real struggle came.
22 This referred to a feeler from a retired Wall Street capitalist.
The accident occurred late Tuesday Feb. 8, when a tool known as a feeler gauge, which is made up of 13 thin strips of metal held together by a screw, came apart.
"feeler" -- the advance agent of the selling campaign.
Its detector 'feeler' converted brainwaves into visible swirls of colour and symbolic iridescent forms onto a large screen.
Apparently this was less a matured plan than a "feeler," put out to sound British attitude and to learn, if possible, whether the tie previously binding England and
"The fellow is all well enough, for aught I know, but he has wheedled the colonel out of fifty thousand dollars, and I can never forgive him for that," said Jaspar, in what was intended for a playful tone, but which was designed as a "feeler" of the attorney's conscience.
Every now and then they would send over a "feeler," to see how we were getting along.