General English

General Science

  • noun a device which guides paper or other materials into and through a machine
  • verb to put paper into a machine or information into a computer


  • noun food given to animals and birds
  • verb to give food to a person or an animal
  • verb to provide fertiliser for plants or soil


  • noun a supply of fuel, energy, etc. provided for use

Cars & Driving

  • verb to supply (fuel, oil, current, etc.)


  • noun a device which puts something such as paper into and through a machine such as a printer or photocopier


  • verb to bowl in such a way as to encourage the batsman to play a stroke which he is known to favour, typically in order to induce a catch to a specially placed fielder
    Citation ‘He is a strong hooker of the ball, but, perhaps because it brought about his downfall at Brisbane, it seemed that the bowlers fed this shot’ (Peebles 1959)


  • To provide power or a signal to a circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system.
  • The location at which power or a signal enters a circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system.
  • The transmission line, such as a coaxial cable, which carries signals between a transmitter and an antenna. Also called feeder (2), feed line, antenna transmission line, or antenna feed.
  • To provide a computer with data, or a medium which contains data. For example, to enter data, or to insert a diskette into a drive.


  • verb to give information or tips to another salesperson regarding promising customers or areas for sales

Media Studies

  • noun the signal a network sends to local radio or television stations for broadcast
  • noun audio or video material which is sent from one place to another, such as instructions into a presenter’s earpiece


  • verb to give food to someone


  • noun a meal, especially given to babies
  • verb to pass aircraft from an international route into domestic services

Origin & History of “feed”

Feed was formed from the noun food in prehistoric Germanic times. It comes via Old English fēdan from Germanic *fōthjan, a derivative of *fōthon, the noun from which modern English food is descended. Its use as a noun, for ‘food, fodder’, dates from the 16th century.