Feed v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fed p. pr. & vb. n. Feeding.]
1. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy the physical huger of.
If thine enemy hunger, feed him. --Rom. xii. 20.
Unreasonable creatures feed their young. --Shak.
2. To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire.
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. --Shak.
Feeding him with the hope of liberty. --Knolles.
3. To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill; to feed a furnace with coal.
4. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen, develop, and guard.
Thou shalt feed my people Israel. --2 Sam. v. 2.
Mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed. --B. Cornwall.
5. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.
Once in three years feed your mowing lands. --Mortimer.
6. To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed water to a steam boiler.
7. Mach. (a) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press. (b) To produce progressive operation upon or with (as in wood and metal working machines, so that the work moves to the cutting tool, or the tool to the work).
Fed imp. & p. p. of Feed.
n 1: any federal law-enforcement officer [syn: Federal, federal
2: the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12
Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and
state charted commercial banks and some trust companies;
"the Fed seeks to control the United States economy by
raising and lowering short-term interest rates and the
money supply" [syn: Federal Reserve System, Federal
n : food for domestic livestock [syn: provender]
v 1: provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
2: give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't
give the child this tough meat" [syn: give] [ant: starve]
3: feed into; supply; "Her success feeds her vanity"
4: introduce continuously; "feed carrots into a food processor"
[syn: feed in]
5: support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"
6: take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat
certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?" [syn: eat]
7: serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
8: move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the
Missouri feeds into the Mississippi" [syn: run, flow,
9: profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her
insecurity" [syn: prey]
10: gratify; "feed one's eyes on a gorgeous view" [syn: feast]
11: provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; "We should
fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants" [syn: fertilize,