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chicken feed
▪ The bank offered to lend us £1,000 but that’s chicken feed compared to what we need.
fed up
▪ She felt tired and a bit fed up.
feed a baby
▪ If your baby cries, she may want feeding.
feed a cat
▪ She comes in while we're away to feed the cat.
feed sb on a diet of sth
▪ Kids should not be fed a diet of hamburgers and sugary snacks.
feeding ground
got fed up
▪ Anna got fed up with waiting.
▪ People would not wish to eat animals fed on human waste.
▪ They do like to know how the animals are reared and fed.
▪ When in the nineteenth century naturalists first examined it, they were mystified as to how any animal could feed on it.
▪ Nor did any allergic reactions arise in those who ate the meat of animals who had been fed a gene-spliced soybean diet.
▪ Sunlight feeds the algae which feed the animals which feed the corals, sponges, clams, and fish.
▪ Many people argue that we need genetic modification of crops and animals in order to feed the world.
▪ During the growing season he would wash the animals and feed them while the adults worked in the fields.
▪ She watched Naseem as the older woman fed her baby son.
▪ Joe got up every night and took turns with Valerie feeding the babies.
▪ Clare Wildish has come back for help feeding her second baby, 3 day old Emma.
▪ Toys for children to play with, a baby changing room, somewhere to feed baby.
▪ But even if they do persevere, most mums find it difficult to feed their babies in public.
▪ They fry were fed on baby brineshrimp and although not fast growers they seemed to do well.
▪ It would be even nicer if people remembered that the way you feed your baby is a matter of personal choice.
▪ As Mama fed the baby, she began to cry.
▪ Now Agnes and Oats sat on either side of it, listening to the distant sounds of Hodgesaargh feeding the birds.
▪ Of course, she fed birds too.
▪ There's this bloke with a white coat on and this bag of bread, feeding the birds.
▪ Gradually I descended the spruce tree and slowly crept toward the feeding birds.
▪ The garden was his domain; he had his rabbits to feed and the birds to admonish for ravaging his cherry trees.
▪ Both would soon feed migrant birds on their way down from the north.
▪ It's nice that he does that - you know, comes and feeds the birds like that.
▪ The next time you feed your cat, take a close look at its eyes.
▪ Now recliners do everything but feed the cat.
▪ And the money she earned from the deal went towards feeding her own cats.
▪ They let her come round and tell me, so I could feed the cat if she's not back.
▪ It was getting more and more difficult to feed the cat - and to feed himself.
▪ She ought to feed the cat - and then there was the washing.
▪ They were destined to feed his cat.
▪ Ninety-five percent of our cats are fed a canned cat food, the others eating scraps or whatever they can catch!
▪ In a land of poverty each person must struggle to feed her children as best she can.
▪ It has been used to feed children with severe diarrhea who can not digest regular milk.&038;.
▪ Unfastening her dress, and still blushing, she began feeding her child.
▪ And none of us likes to think there is anyone out there unable to feed their children.
▪ Just occasionally the tensions spilled over, such as when she berated Moira publicly about the way she was feeding her first child.
▪ Women conceive the future that men tend to flee; they feed the children that men ignore.
▪ A barber's daughter, she started doing business when she was a young woman to feed her children.
▪ Then, quickly, as though wakened from a dream, she began to dress and feed her children.
▪ Narou Chaibou, who lives near Illela, can not feed his family with the plot of land he owns.
▪ Even in liberated Scandinavia, it is women who feed the family, wash the clothes, and care for the children.
▪ The vast majority of the population struggle to feed their families.
▪ He fed his family oil food from the cans.
▪ As the head of a household, these women must work in order to feed her family.
▪ She was an enterprising cook, as she was in all things, and fed her family well.
▪ For some of the women, selling the coal dust provides their only income to feed their families.
▪ The child would be allowed a sum of money to feed a family for a week.
▪ Grosser than fish feeding on toilet paper?
▪ Tackle tips: A steady trickle of bait running into a swim will attract and keep fish feeding in one place.
▪ This fish feeds readily on larval Artemia, but fully grown adults are too large.
▪ All the fish are fed on Hikari goldfish food or cichlid food.
▪ All the other fish survived the Presidential feeding.
▪ The fish were fed at night, before turning on the lights.
▪ Finally, make sure the fish are feeding first by catching one or two with your usual indicator.
▪ And he was fed the information from myriad channels, to be dispensed with the holy water on Sundays.
▪ If the adventurers are not very knowledgeable about Constant Drachenfels, this is a novel way of feeding them some more information.
▪ Some one who is close enough to the action to feed the right information and provide some answers.
▪ Here telesales operators will be able to feed information directly into a database as they take customer calls.
▪ They feed location and usage information directly to the upper levels.
▪ These stations must be constantly fed with information.
▪ There should be a mechanism for feeding this information back to the designers so that the succeeding system designs will avoid these problems.
▪ There's going to be another hungry mouth to feed out of your advertising budgets come October.
▪ More mouths to feed, Malthus contended, meant less food in each mouth.
▪ Very likely there was a nest there, full of hungry little mouths waiting to be fed.
▪ Burdens unloaded, the escort was sent back, horses and extra mouths to feed being undesired.
▪ In the early years, with four young mouths to feed, they were dirt-poor.
▪ Two had died in infancy, otherwise there would have been nine little mouths to feed.
▪ Now there are many more mouths to feed.
▪ That meant that there were seven mouths to feed, and then Daddy began to ail.
▪ Most mussel feeding Nucella populations in Britain are white.
▪ The food crisis was not the result of any incapacity by the Soviet Union to grow enough food to feed its population.
▪ Any site we consider will have its own hinterland, its own catchment area for the feeding of its population.
▪ In 1986, 1942 million tonnes of food grains were produced to feed a world population of nearly 5 billion.
▪ A specialist market in traditional treats will run alongside the great new industries that will feed the population.
a feeding frenzy
▪ After the initial reports on CBS, this scene became a media feeding frenzy.
▪ Green Bay went into a feeding frenzy in the free-agency market, and came up with some star names.
▪ On defense, they are hungrier than sharks in a feeding frenzy.
▪ The dorados were in a feeding frenzy, oblivious to all else.
mouth to feed/hungry mouth
Feed chrysanthemums with a house plant fertilizer.
▪ Did you feed the dog?
▪ Hospital officials said she is no longer able to feed herself.
▪ How often do you have to feed the baby?
▪ Humpback whales come to the California coast to feed each summer.
▪ Ismail's wages are hardly enough to feed his family.
▪ Most new babies will want to feed every few hours.
▪ My sister feeds the cats when we are away.
▪ The catering service feeds over 600 employees every day.
▪ The horses were fed on hay and grain.
▪ The larvae feed on the young shoots of water-lilies.
▪ The pigs were feeding from a trough in the middle of the yard.
▪ The tube was fed into the patient's stomach.
▪ There has been a boom in tourism, fed by publicity about the movie filmed there.
▪ This recipe feeds six.
▪ Give them time, and then feed back to them how you feel about the way they are behaving towards you day-to-day.
▪ He had fed them fish frames.
▪ His head buzzed and sang as if power was being fed into it.
▪ Nor did any allergic reactions arise in those who ate the meat of animals who had been fed a gene-spliced soybean diet.
▪ Scavenging crabs move in to feed on dead tubeworms.
▪ The bigger the fish the less often they feed.
▪ You will be able to study them at length and note at what depth they are feeding.
▪ Single-cell protein production from non-photosynthetic organisms has also reached the stage of commercial availability, mainly as animal feed.
▪ It lost money like steam, and when the iron business cratered, it was reduced to hauling tomatoes and animal feed.
▪ The sum was chicken feed, and the more governmental corruption that went on there, the better.
▪ She would lie, steal, cheat for Oliver: burning a few hundred pounds was chicken feed.
▪ The effect is to draw chemical from a drum, via a feed pipe, to a projecting delivery spout.
▪ Above: Cracking the pre-filter problem - two planting baskets were combined and the feed pipe fed through to the smaller one.
▪ Liquid systems are straight forward having a feed pipe from the product container direct to the non-priming delivery pump.
▪ And hedges flailed every harvest are devoid of the berries bigger hedges sport, which are important winter feed for birds.
▪ The whole plant, seeds and all, cures over the summer and makes great winter feed.
▪ Most of the arable ground is used to produce winter feed for the stock.
bite the hand that feeds you
▪ If I put my prices up, it's like biting the hand that feeds me - it's economic suicide.
▪ It is hard to bite the hand that feeds you.
▪ Somehow, without guidance and peer influence, cricketers are apt to bite the hand that feeds them.
▪ They are not normally going to bite the hand that feeds them.
▪ This appears to be a new version of biting the hand that feeds you.
mouth to feed/hungry mouth
▪ A large part of our income goes on animal feed.
▪ a live satellite feed
▪ A young baby needs small feeds at frequent intervals.
▪ cattle feed
▪ Her baby has its lunchtime feed, then goes to sleep.
▪ Lois has gotten tired of the late night feedings.
▪ And tonight, for the first time, the public were invited to watch the feed, and listen to a commentary.
▪ As a 4-H rabbit grower for two years, he had often traded at the local hardware for hutch materials and feed.
▪ In a closed-circuit television feed from Washington, Democrats Rep.
▪ In recent public appearances, the speaker looks decidedly off his feed.
▪ Just a extra feed of hay to mark the special day.
▪ The corn will have to be rerouted to animal feed and ethanol production.
▪ They always thought it was feed time if the light went on and would scramble up expectantly and start pawing and whinnying.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Feed \Feed\, n.

  1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed for sheep.

  2. A grazing or pasture ground.

  3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.

  4. A meal, or the act of eating. [R.]

    For such pleasure till that hour At feed or fountain never had I found.

  5. The water supplied to steam boilers.

  6. (Mach.)

    1. The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing machine; or of producing progressive operation upon any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the work.

    2. The supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones.

    3. The mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion. Feed bag, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule. Feed cloth, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other fiber, into a machine, as for carding, etc. Feed door, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal. Feed head.

      1. A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam boiler.

      2. (Founding) An excess of metal above a mold, which serves to render the casting more compact by its pressure; -- also called a riser, deadhead, or simply feed or head --Knight. Feed heater.

        1. (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.

        2. A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.

          Feed motion, or Feed gear (Mach.), the train of mechanism that gives motion to the part that directly produces the feed in a machine.

          Feed pipe, a pipe for supplying the boiler of a steam engine, etc., with water.

          Feed pump, a force pump for supplying water to a steam boiler, etc.

          Feed regulator, a device for graduating the operation of a feeder.

          Feed screw, in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.

          Feed water, water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.

          Feed wheel (Mach.), a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English fedan "nourish, give food to, sustain, foster" (transitive), from Proto-Germanic *fodjan (cognates: Old Saxon fodjan, Old Frisian feda, Dutch voeden, Old High German fuotan, Old Norse foeða, Gothic fodjan "to feed"), from PIE root *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Intransitive sense "take food, eat" is from late 14c. Meaning "to supply to as food" is from 1818.


"action of feeding," 1570s, from feed (v.). Meaning "food for animals" is first attested 1580s. Meaning "a sumptuous meal" is from 1808. Of machinery, "action of or system for providing raw material" from 1892.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context uncountable English) food given to (especially herbivorous) animals. 2 Something supply continuously. 3 The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon. 4 (context countable English) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity 5 (context Internet English) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to. vb. 1 (lb en transitive) To give (someone or something) food to eat. 2 (lb en intransitive) To eat (qualifier: usually of animals). 3 (lb en transitive) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food. 4 (lb en transitive) To give to a machine to be processed. 5 (lb en figurative) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.). 6 To supply with something. 7 To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle. 8 (lb en sports transitive) To pass to. Etymology 2

vb. (en-past of: fee)

  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]


FEED may refer to:

  • FEED Projects, an international hunger-fighting charity
  • Foundation for European Economic Development, a charity formed in November 1990 under the auspices of European Association for Evolutionary and Political Economy
  • Front-End Engineering Design , a process for conceptual development of processing industry projects
Feed (film)

Feed is a 2005 Australian crime- horror film directed by Brett Leonard. The plot involves a police investigation of the sexual fetish of feederism, where the 'feeder' will feed 'gainers' (a man/woman who gets sexual pleasure from eating and fattening up). The film explores themes of dominance, submission, love, and power. The case within the film bears many similarities to that of Armin Meiwes, the so-called " Rotenburg Cannibal".

Feed (Anderson novel)

Feed (2002) is a young adult dystopian novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, with a sometimes sardonic, sometimes somber tone. From the first-person perspective of a teenager, the novel presents a near-futuristic American culture completely dominated by advertising and corporate exploitation, corresponding to the enormous popularity of internetworking brain implants.

Feed (Grant novel)

Feed is the first book in the Newsflesh series of science fiction/ horror novels written by Seanan McGuire under the pen name Mira Grant and published by Orbit Books in 2010. Set during the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and written from the perspective of blog journalist Georgia Mason, Feed follows Georgia and her news team as they follow the presidential campaign of Republican senator Peter Ryman. A series of deadly incidents leads Georgia and her brother Shaun to discover efforts to undermine the campaign, linked to a larger conspiracy involving the undead.

McGuire's interests in horror movies and virology inspired her to write the book, but she struggled with the plot until a friend suggested using an election as a framing device. The novel has been praised for its detailed worldbuilding, including the characters' awareness of previous zombie fiction—an element McGuire had found lacking in most horror works. Feed came second in the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel category. Deadline is the second book in the Newsflesh series. Just before the third installment, Blackout (May 22, 2012), was published, McGuire released an alternate ending to Feed.

Usage examples of "feed".

A plant of Drosera, with the edges of its leaves curled inwards, so as to form a temporary stomach, with the glands of the closely inflected tentacles pouring forth their acid secretion, which dissolves animal matter, afterwards to be absorbed, may be said to feed like an animal.

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

Two, you take me to Ty and feed me Adeem on a plate with mashed potatoes and I let you live.

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.

And another theory on Smith is he feeds on the female adulation in one part of his lifeand revels in it.

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.

They saw every one round them sharing the same lot, enduring the same hardships, feeding on the same aliments, arrayed in the same rude garments.

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.

The pheasant, partridge too, I believe, has the habit of feeding on mountain laurel which produces high levels of the poison andromedotoxin in its flesh.

Even when you do mow it, the dandelion roots are still there and ready to do the whole thing all over again --examples of the kind of angiosperm that evolved to survive heavy low feeding.

Six billion mouths to feed on a world with shrinking arable land and resources.