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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
feeder school
▪ They bought six hanging baskets, three bird feeders, three wind chimes, plus the chains and hooks.
▪ Glassfish are not suitable for a community tank in any case, as they are nervous fish and fussy feeders.
▪ This is where the feeder roots are.
▪ Use of an automatic feeder is recommended for this.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Feeder \Feed"er\, n.

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

    A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder.

  2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. ``The feeder of my riots.''

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

    With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder.

  4. One who fattens cattle for slaughter.

  5. 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.

  6. A branch railroad, stage line, air route, or the like; a side line which increases the business of the main line.

  7. (Mining)

    1. A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or mineral vein.

    2. A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "one who feeds (an animal);" 1560s, "one who eats;" agent noun from feed (v.). As a mechanical apparatus for conveying materials, from 1660s. Of cattle and streams, by 1790s; of roads and railroads, by 1850s.


n. 1 That which feeds. 2 That which is used to feed. 3 A tributary stream, especially of a canal. 4 A branch line of a railway 5 A transmission line that feeds the electricity for an electricity substation, or for a transmitter. 6 (context baseball slang archaic 1800s English) The pitcher. 7 (context video games derogatory English) A player who is killed by the opposing player or team more than once through lack of skills and experience, thus helping the opposing side. 8 The participant in feederism who feeds the other (the feedee).

  1. n. an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening

  2. someone who consumes food for nourishment [syn: eater]

  3. a branch that flows into the main stream [syn: tributary, affluent] [ant: distributary]

  4. a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material; "the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the livestock" [syn: self-feeder]


Feeder are a Welsh rock band formed in Newport, Wales. They have released eight studio albums, three compilations, two EPs, and 34 singles. They have spent a total of 180 weeks on the singles and albums charts combined as of 2012, and have accumulated 25 top 75 singles between 1997 and 2012.

Feeder's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including The Police, Nirvana, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Their early material showcased a heavy rock sound reminiscent of grunge, but the band would later introduce more acoustic aspects into their music, including elements of pianos and string orchestras.

The band was formed in 1992 under the name of "Reel" by vocalist and guitarist Grant Nicholas, drummer Jon Lee and bassist Simon Blight, three of the four members of Raindancer, after the departure of that band's other member, guitarist John Canham. However, Blight left Reel later in 1992, and the band played with many session bassists before hiring Taka Hirose in 1995, a year after the band signed with The Echo Label.

Feeder garnered media attention in 2001 for their third album, Echo Park, and its lead single, " Buck Rogers", which later become a UK Top 5 single. In January 2002, Jon Lee committed suicide in his Miami home, after which the remaining members began to record and play with former Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richardson. They released their fourth album, Comfort in Sound later that year, which touched on themes such as loss and coming to terms with death, while also exploring themes of positivity. Richardson was ultimately made an official member, remaining so until May 2009 when he returned to a reformed Skunk Anansie. Feeder employed Australian Damon Wilson and former Mexicolas drummer Tim Trotter for sessions and touring commitments for Renegades (2010), and they have since employed drummer Karl Brazil. Although the band have not had a top 10 release since 2008, they have still charted two more Top 20 albums, with the latest being 2012's Generation Freakshow.

Feeder (disambiguation)

Feeder may refer to:

Feeder (livestock equipment)

A feeder, is a feed holder, such as fixed holder or trailer-mounted hopper, delivering feed or fodder to cattle, sheep, horses and other livestock.

Feeder (beekeeping)

A feeder is a vessel or contraption used by beekeepers to feed pollen or honey (or substitutes) to honey bees from a honey bee colony.

Beekeepers feed bees when there is a shortage of those resources in nature, or when beekeepers want to mimic an abundance of those resources to encourage bees to behave in a certain manner. Modern beekeepers feed sugar syrup as a honey substitute in early spring to encourage comb building, during a dearth to provide energy to large colonies, in the autumn to help bees prepare for overwintering, or when creating nucleus hives. Pollen substitute is commonly fed to bees in early spring or when bees are located in a region with poor pollen resources.

Feeders may exist outside the hive, be designed to fit certain hive designs, be an integral part of a hive design, or be used separately inside the hive. Feeders may attach to the side of the hive, or slot into the flight entrance, or placed above or below the nest inside the hive or as a purpose-built hive component.

Usage examples of "feeder".

The feeder collapsed in a heap and melted into the earth in a black stain.

She fought on, striking out wildly, destroying any feeder who would look at her, forcing some to cringe away as she wheeled on them, thrashing against those who tried to crawl over her.

Movement stirred in the corner as Eater entered, with a rasping hiss of scales and fur, of uncoiling neck and unfolding feeder arms.

At its back, Eater edged into the room, beamer in one of its feeder hands.

Deathstalker closed one, feeder hand in agreement, not trusting itself to speak.

Deathstalker reached out with one feeder hand and pried open the covering of one optic organ.

Its head darted forward, golden eyes ablaze, and the black and gnarled branches of its feeder arms, the four small arms growing from the sides of its head, reached out to grab him and drag him toward those teeth.

Flaps were open- ing and closing fitfully behind the base of the feeder arms, behind the jaws, and he wondered if it was breathing through those instead of its mouth.

Joe spent about an hour chopping weeds in the long unused Roybal ditch, and then, after digging a small feeder trench from Indian Creek into the ditch, he opened the Roybal ditch head-gate at the other end so water could flow onto that fallow land.

They marched up the tree trunk, out onto the limb, down the plastic wire attached to the inverted feeder jar, and then, like lemmings, they ate their way up the narrow glass spout, became stuck in the sugarwater sticki-ness, and drowned.

Three days after Herbie first dangled the feeder from a limb, only a few tiny red drops remained inside the jar--the rest of the feeder was crammed full of well-fed dead ants.

After a few moments of this, the junior executive backed off and the hustler claimed the feeder as his own.

The route they followed up the feeder river gradually turned northwest.

It was only hilly on the other side, and they rode beside the feeder until they reached the Great Mother again, then continued west.

And if the balance was not righted, soon the feeders would be everywhere.