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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Emotionally sensitive.
  • n. Sensation, particularly through the skin.
  • n. Emotion; impression.
  • n. Emotional state or well-being.
  • n. Emotional attraction or desire.
  • n. Intuition.
  • n. An opinion, an attitude.
  • v. Present participle of feel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. The act of sensing or perceiving by sensation. Specifically
  • n. A sensation. Specifically
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


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From feel +‎ -ing.



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  • What brings feelings? See: sensation

    June 7, 2007

  • The nature of thought -- is feeling. Feeling generates thought. No feeling, no thought. But what generates feeling? Forget about the thought; look for the feeling that generated it. The feeling is always prejudicial, either pro or con. If you seek enlightenment, you must see feeling for what it is.

    --Jan Cox

    June 6, 2007