Feed"er (?), n.


One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward.

A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder. Goldsmith.


One who furnishes incentives; an encourager.

"The feeder of my riots."



One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed or fattened.

With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder. Shak.


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.

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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