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feeder - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'feeder' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Feeder [ n.]
- One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward.
- One who furnishes incentives; an encourager.
- One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed or fattened.
- One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
- 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.
- A branch railroad, stage line, or the like; a side line which increases the business of the main line.
- A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or mineral vein.
- A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower.
- An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or leads along the material operated upon.
- A device for supplying steam boilers with water as needed.

Meaning of 'feeder' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . feeder [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an animal that feeds on a particular source of food
Example in sentence:
  • a bark feeder;
  • a mud feeder
Meaning (2):
- a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material
Example in sentence:
  • the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock