(?), n. 1. One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward.
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A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder.
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2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. "The feeder of my riots." Shak.
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3. One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed or fattened.
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With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder.
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4. One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
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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.
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6. A branch railroad, stage line, air route, or the like; a side line which increases the business of the main line.
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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.
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8. (Mach.) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or leads along the material operated upon.
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9. (Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with water as needed.
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