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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something, such as a hint or question, designed to elicit the attitudes or intentions of others.
  • noun Zoology A sensory or tactile organ, such as an antenna, tentacle, or barbel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which feels.
  • noun Specifically Any special organ of touch of an animal; a tactile part.
  • noun The representation on an artificial fly of an antenna of an insect. Feelers are folded back, extending above and sometimes beyond the wings.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Nautical, the first onset of a storm, followed by a short calm.
  • noun A thickness-gage.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, feels.
  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc., put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun literally Someone or something that feels.
  • noun anatomy An antenna or appendage used for feeling, especially on an insect.
  • noun figuratively Something ventured to test (an)other(s)' feelings, opinion, position.

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

  • noun one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste
  • noun a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  • noun sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ
  • noun slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to feel + -er

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