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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fed up
▪ She felt tired and a bit fed up.
got fed up
▪ Anna got fed up with waiting.
▪ A compact disk player, rare for its day, fed Chopin and the Rolling Stones into fierce-looking, six-foot MartinLogan speakers.
▪ Fresh fuel is either fed directly into the firing chamber or through openings in the side of the kiln.
▪ He fed the crystal into a reader and watched with interest as the file scrolled up.
▪ It turned out she was just as fed up as me, and we were not the only ones.
▪ The Fed delivered a Goldilocks economy -- not too hot, not too cold -- and stocks and bonds soared.
▪ The Fed recently lowered the funds rate to 5. 50 % from 5. 75 %.
▪ This raises doubts about some of the signposts the Fed used to rely on.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fed \Fed\ (f[e^]d), imp. & p. p. of Feed.


Feed \Feed\ (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fed (f[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Feeding.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG. fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f["o]da, Dan. f["o]de.

  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.

  2. To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent, taste, or desire.

    I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.

    Feeding him with the hope of liberty.

  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.

  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.)

    1. To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.

    2. 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).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1788, short for Federalist; as colloquial for "official of the federal government," from 1916; especially, since 1930s, of FBI agents.


past participle adjective from feed (v.). Fed up "surfeited, disgusted, bored," is British slang first recorded 1900 (some early uses connect it to the Boer War), extended to U.S. by World War I; probably from earlier phrases like fed up to the back teeth. Earlier it was used of livestock, "fatten up by feeding." The notion probably is the same one in to have had enough "to have had too much."


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context US slang English) a federal government officer or official, especially FBI and DEA agents. 2 (context UK slang English) a police officer. Etymology 2

vb. (en-past of: feed)

  1. n. food for domestic livestock [syn: provender]

  2. [also: fed]

  1. v. 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, course]

  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, fertilise]

  12. [also: fed]


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Fed, The Fed or FED may refer to:

Fed (Law & Order)

"Fed" is the eleventh episode of the twentieth season of NBC's long-running legal drama Law & Order.

Fed (album)

Fed is the second studio album by American musician Liam Hayes, known by his stage name Plush, originally released on December 23, 2002 by After Hours exclusively in Japan. The album was belatedly released in Europe by Broken Horse Records on August 25, 2008, receiving highly positive reviews from music critics.

FED (camera)

The FED is a Soviet rangefinder camera, mass-produced from 1934 until around 1996, and also the name of the factory that made it.

The factory emerged from the small workshops of the Children's labour commune named after Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky (the acronym of which gave name to the factory and its products) in December 1927 in Kharkiv ( Soviet Ukraine, now Ukraine). Initially the factory was managed by the head of the commune Anton Makarenko, and produced simple electrical machinery (drills). In 1932 the new managing director of the factory – A.S. Bronevoy (Russian: А.С. Броневой) – came up with the idea to produce a copy of Leica Camera.

Large-scale production began in 1934, and in the same year the factory was put under NKVD control and Makarenko was fired . Production continued until 1941, when German forces destroyed the factory, and resumed in 1946.

Until 1955, the factory made a huge number of cameras that resemble the Leica rather closely. These are often altered, given "Leica" markings and sold as Leicas. However, the FED is cruder: for example, the rangefinder cam is pointed and not circular as in Leicas. There are differences in the shutter release buttons and viewfinder windows. The FED has a gap in the left side of the accessory shoe. Genuine Leicas have film loading instructions on the inner surface of the baseplate, and the screws on the front are always black; on the FED, these screws are chrome-colored. Unscrupulous rebranding of Soviet-made lenses also occurs, as Industar lenses are sometimes sold as Elmar lenses. Camera collectors have described the FED as interesting and often well-made and effective, so long as the buyer is not deceived into paying a premium for a counterfeit Leica camera.

From 1955, FED began to innovate, combining the rangefinder with the viewfinder in the FED 2 and all its successors. The FED-3 added slow shutter speeds and on the later version FED-3 (b) the film advance was changed from a thumbwheel to a lever. The FED 4 (1964–77) added a non-coupled selenium exposure meter. The FED 5 marked the end of the FED rangefinder family, and was meant as a replacement for both the FED-3 and FED-4 that were in production at the time of its introduction. There were versions of the FED-5: the original FED-5 had an exposure meter, the FED-5B was a cheaper version without meter, and the later FED-5C had reflected framelines showing field of view of 50mm lens and an exposure meter. All FED-5 cameras were delivered with an Industar I-61L/D lens. Production of FED rangefinder cameras ended in the mid 1990s (Fed-5 Serial Number 545446 was made on February 28, 1994; Fed's site claims that it was in fact 1997: "Start of serial production of vertical drive for control system of tanks. Production of all types of cameras has stopped. 8,647,000 cameras were manufactured since the beginning.")

Usage examples of "fed".

I managed to calm a little, and Aethylla had fed Achates once more, I noticed that it was a wonderfully clear morning.

I had bought them dresses and linen in abundance, they were well lodged and well fed, I took them to the theatre and to the country, and the consequence was they all adored me, and seemed to think that this manner of living would go on for ever.

It came out of nowhere, fed on whispers, and took the innocent and the guilty alike into agonizing darkness.

Trade was hampered by widespread piracy, agriculture was so inefficient that the population was never fed adequately, the name exchequer emerged to describe the royal treasury because the officials were so deficient in arithmetic they were forced to use a chequered cloth as a kind of abacus when making calculations.

With a deer rib bone whose end she had hollowed out to make a small depression, she fed him the agrimony concentration in small sips sometime near midnight.

He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.

I occasionally tried standing up, stretching, swivelling like Olympic atheletes do after gulping their anabolic steroids before track events, but you get fed up with fitness so I sat down again.

Henpecked Ho I shoveled the largest pieces of the Ancestress into a wheelbarrow and trundled them to the kennels and fed them to the dogs.

I fed the armadillo, which by this time was making the kitchen smell strange, and went to bed, if not to sleep.

Lieutenant Arpy whistled at the sizable crowd gathered around a fire that was being fed by newly-chopped orchard trees.

Blood-maddened redcoats, fed on arrack and rum, roamed the vast stronghold with bayonets and greed both sharpened.

There were still goods to be assayed and shipped, miners to be fed and medicated and entertained, remnants of businesses to be tended, and most of the people remaining on Tundra gathered in Klondike, a once-prosperous city.

B, Infant, acting through his curator bonis and guardian ad litem, filed an action as owner and bailor of the chattel, a dog of tender years named Spot, alleging negligence on the part of the Village, in a cross claim for indemnity under Fed.

In the center of the barracks he found his key man, the obvious barracks bully, a monster of a man, naked, hairless, fondling two bawds and being fed whiskey by sycophants.

When Osman and al-Noor reached his double storeyed house in the south quarter, which lay between the Beit el Mai, the treasury, and the slave market, dawn was breaking and a dozen of his aggagiers were sitting in the courtyard being fed by the house slaves a breakfast of honey-roasted lamb and dhurra cakes with steaming pots of syrupy black Abyssinian coffee.