Feel"ing, a.

1.

Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved; as, a feeling heart.

2.

Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his wrongs.

 

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Feel"ing, n.

1.

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.

Why was the sight To such a tender ball as the eye confined, . . . And not, as feeling, through all parts diffused? Milton.

2.

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.

The apprehension of the good Gives but the greater feeling to the worse. Shak.

3.

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; as, a man of feeling; a man destitute of feeling.

4.

Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility.

A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick.

Tenderness for the feelings of others. Macaulay.

5.

That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator.

Fairholt.

Syn. -- Sensation; emotion; passion; sentiment; agitation; opinion. See Emotion, Passion, Sentiment.

 

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