Feed"er(?), n. 1. One who, or that which, gives food or supplies nourishment; steward.
A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder.Goldsmith.
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.Shak.
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.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
(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.
(Mach.) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or leads along the material operated upon.
(Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with water as needed.
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