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[n] an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
[n] a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material (especially one that discharges feed into a trough for livestock)
[n] a branch that flows into the main stream
[n] someone who consumes food for nourishment



Misc. Definitions

\Feed"er\, n.
1. One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward. A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder. --Goldsmith.
2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. ``The feeder of my riots.'' --Shak.
3. One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed or fattened. With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder. --Shak.
4. One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
5. A stream that flows into another body of water; a tributary; specifically (Hydraulic Engin.), a water course which supplies a canal or reservoir by gravitation or natural flow.
6. A branch railroad, stage line, or the like; a side line which increases the business of the main line.
7. (Mining) (a) A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or mineral vein. --Ure. (b) A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower. --Raymond.
8. (Mach.) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or leads along the material operated upon.
9. (Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with water as needed.

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