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feed / fēd/ • v. (past fed / fed/ ) [tr.] 1. give food to: the raiders fed the guard dog to keep it quiet. ∎  [intr.] (esp. of an animal or baby) take food; eat something: morays emerge at night to feed. ∎  provide an adequate supply of food for: the island's simple agriculture could hardly feed its inhabitants. ∎  [intr.] (feed on/off) derive regular nourishment from (a particular substance): fig. his powerful mind fed off political discussion. ∎  encourage the growth of: I could feed my melancholy by reading Romantic poetry. ∎  give fertilizer to (a plant). ∎  put fuel on (a fire). 2. supply (a machine) with material, power, or other things necessary for its operation: the programs are fed into the computer. ∎  supply (someone) with (information, ideas, etc.): I think he is feeding his old employer commercial secrets. ∎  supply water to (a body of water): the pond is fed by a small stream [intr.] water feeds into the lower pool. ∎  distribute (a broadcast) to local television or radio stations via satellite or network: programs that the national networks feed to local stations. • n. 1. an act of giving food, esp. to animals or a baby, or of having food given to one. ∎ inf. a meal: a nice hot feed. ∎  food for domestic animals: cow feed. 2. a device or conduit for supplying material to a machine: the plotter has a continuous paper feed. ∎  the supply of raw material to a machine or device: [as adj.] a feed pipe. ∎  a broadcast distributed by satellite or network from a central source to a large number of radio or television stations: a satellite feed from Washington.

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feed feed a cold and starve a fever proverbial saying, mid 19th century (probably intended as two separate admonitions, but sometimes interpreted to mean that if you feed a cold you will have to starve a fever later). A late 16th-century source records the advice, ‘Fasting is a great remedy in fevers.’

see also bite the hand that feeds one, a mouth to feed.

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feed vb. OE. fēdan = OS. fōdian (Du. voeden), OHG. fuoten, ON. fœða, Goth. fōdjan :- Gmc. *fōðjan, f. *fōðan- FOOD.
Hence sb. XVI.

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feed
1. A device for moving media to a position at which the data can be read or printed.

2. To cause data or media to be entered into a system or peripheral.

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feedaccede, bead, Bede, bleed, breed, cede, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, greed, he'd, heed, impede, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed •breastfeed • greenfeed • dripfeed •chickenfeed • spoonfeed • nosebleed •Nibelungenlied • invalid • Ganymede •Runnymede • airspeed • millipede •velocipede • centipede • Siegfried •filigreed • copyread • crossbreed •proofread • flaxseed • hayseed •rapeseed • linseed • pumpkinseed •aniseed • oilseed • birdseed • ragweed •knapweed • seaweed • chickweed •stinkweed • blanket weed • bindweed •pondweed • duckweed • tumbleweed •fireweed • waterweed • silverweed

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