Definition of feeder in US English:



  • 1A person or animal that eats a particular food or in a particular manner.

    ‘a plankton feeder’
    • ‘As any angler will tell you, these fish are extremely opportunistic feeders and will take just about anything edible that they find.’
    • ‘These snakes are opportunistic feeders and never let a chance go by, so in went the second one.’
    • ‘Opportunistic feeders, sea lions will eat salmon, flatfish, herring, octopus, cod, pollock whatever they can catch.’
    • ‘Bream are daytime feeders and are often missed by anglers in other parts of the country where night fishing is the norm.’
    • ‘All squids are highly predatory, they are big feeders on crustacean, fish.’
    • ‘The fact that they are harmless plankton feeders in no way diminishes the adrenaline rush; the ease with which you can approach them makes that rare encounter even more exciting.’
    • ‘Most ophiuroids are scavengers and detritus feeders, although they also prey on small live animals such as small crustaceans and worms.’
    • ‘They are an opportunist feeder; it just relies on you, the angler, to give them that opportunity.’
    • ‘Mackerel are relatively indiscriminate plankton feeders and will take just about anything that they can fit into their mouths.’
    • ‘Pike that are patrolling the margins of islands, for example, are not necessarily actively feeding, they could be opportunist feeders and might thereby snap up a well-positioned bait.’
    • ‘Isolated predators were no more vulnerable than herbivores or detritus feeders.’
    • ‘Sea bream have a reputation for being delicate feeders.’
    • ‘The whale shark, the biggest fish on earth, is a plankton feeder and harmless to divers.’
    • ‘Remember, wild trout remain opportunistic feeders and will have a go at anything which does not seem a threat and appears before them in considerable number.’
    • ‘Unlike most starfish which are actively carnivorous, it is thought to be a plankton feeder.’
    • ‘Abundant terrestrial gastropods found clustered around fossil plant detritus may have been deposit feeders scavenging dry portions of channel floors.’
    • ‘Cod are voracious feeders sometimes and will pick up a multitude of offerings in certain places and at various times of the season, so whatever you use, do make sure it is in the best possible condition.’
    • ‘Despite being a member of the carp family, crucians are much more delicate feeders than their larger cousins.’
  • 2A container filled with food for birds or mammals.

    • ‘At each site, we additionally installed two feeders filled with a commercially sold mixture of seeds for captive birds.’
    • ‘You could build bird tables, nest boxes or bird feeders, plant some wildlife friendly plants, and put out food and water.’
    • ‘During this past long and drawn-out winter, watching the birds at our feeders was a daily pleasure.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds often fly in to feeders just a few feet from them.’
    • ‘Bird feeders, and those that maintain them, play an invaluable role in the sustenance of countless birds otherwise threatened by dwindling habitat and resources.’
    • ‘We once had a hummingbird feeder, but I guess we're too far north.’
    • ‘Squirrel feeders and other animal feeders are widely available.’
    • ‘My mother was in the background that afternoon, doing the brunch dishes and offering more coffee, weeding the garden and filling the bird feeder.’
    • ‘Take over a bird feeder and keep it filled with birdseed.’
    • ‘Remove bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders, if bears are present.’
    • ‘Food for birds can be placed on a bird table, in feeders or on the ground.’
    • ‘Many of these birds turn to feeders only when they cannot find their own food.’
    • ‘I always appreciate and enjoy the letters and notes you send along, as well as photos of birds at your feeders or perched in a tree.’
    • ‘The birds at my home are very active and I have house finches galore on my feeder.’
    • ‘The garden will include a weather station and compost bins, plus bird and animal feeders.’
    • ‘I'm generally not a big fan of hummingbird feeders.’
    • ‘Some flocks may stay together through the breeding season as well, and birds will use bird feeders year round.’
    • ‘The best thing to do when this occurs is remove finch feeders and thoroughly clean them.’
    • ‘Mother has a green house out there and there's an automated feeder for the deer who come into town foraging.’
    • ‘They are one of the most prevalent birds at our feeders, especially if we offer thistle seed.’
    manger, feeding container, feed box, fodder rack, crib
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  • 3A person or thing that supplies something.

    • ‘The intention of the project is also to provide a feeder service being piloted between Newcastle and Belfast via Translink.’
    • ‘He ran a 1/2-inch-diameter feeder line from a spigot outside his house to the closest gutter downspout.’
    • ‘Feeding activity is monitored in a range of sessile filter feeders by direct observation of feeding structures.’
    • ‘Wings and quarterbacks must learn the cutter, feeder, and post position of the Shuffle.’
    • ‘In technical news, I added an updated RSS feeder from the good folks over at feedburner.’
    • ‘Germany served as the largest feeder nation, the source of over 477,000 newcomers.’
    • ‘The standard input capacity is 600-sheets (upgradeable to 1,600 sheets), and there's a 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and an optional automatic duplexing accessory.’
    • ‘Normally I will use a quiver feeder rod fitted with the lightest tip.’
    • ‘During the week, Jolly works as a UPS feeder driver out of Statesville, N.C.’
    • ‘Other parts of the crown include fibrous feeder roots and fleshy storage and water roots.’
    • ‘A modular design means you can easily snap on options such as duplex, extra paper trays and mailbox feeders.’
    1. 3.1 A device supplying material to a machine.
      ‘the automatic sheet feeder holds up to 10 sheets of paper’
      • ‘The question is all the more relevant since many of these devices also have a document feeder, a memory card reader, a color fax, etc.’
      • ‘He didn't have to worry about checking the feeder's supply.’
      • ‘It's also a noticeably faster process using the document feeder - even if just a series of one-page results are being scanned into different charts.’
      • ‘But it also has a 50-sheet paper feeder, a feature that usually comes on multifunction devices at a significantly higher cost.’
      • ‘At lunch time the engine driver and the mill feeder had their lunch first and then while the others ate their lunch the driver oiled up the machine.’
      • ‘Material entering the feeder becomes locked between the disks and is conveyed around to a discharge point as the spool rotates.’
      • ‘The normal wire feeder and power supply used for aluminum welding will be suitable for welding magnesium.’
      • ‘Many processors use a fruit feeder to add inclusions to the ice cream mix.’
    2. 3.2 A tributary stream.
      • ‘I am aware that otters, an excellent indicator of good water quality, are returning to the feeder stream and the lake that Mr Dixon alleges is being poisoned.’
      • ‘I suppose it could have got in from the feeder stream.’
      • ‘And while proclaiming the best fishing spot is a sure way to start an argument in Minnesota, the river and its feeder streams are hard to beat for native trout.’
      • ‘With the first big rain of the year, a torrent of mud, silt, and debris had swept down the feeder stream.’
      • ‘She wondered why salmon were disappearing from the little creek behind her house, a feeder stream of the Columbia River.’
      • ‘Even when his dad caught a nine-pound brown trout on a small feeder stream, it didn't cause much excitement around town.’
      • ‘That the river that runs through Mayobridge is a feeder to the Clanrye river that flows through Newry.’
      headwater, branch, side stream
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    3. 3.3usually as modifier A branch road or railroad line linking outlying districts with a main communication system.
      • ‘Meanwhile, a road contractor who was engaged to rehabilitate the feeder road is reported to have abandoned the project.’
      • ‘He said the city administration should continue with plans to develop 15 busway corridors across the city, as well as feeder lines.’
      • ‘With the new plan, travelling within the city promises to be a seamless journey designed around hubs which act as feeders to each other.’
      • ‘Senior officials stressed that the company confined itself to trunk services, and expected smaller regional or national carriers to provide feeder services on branch routes.’
      • ‘These roads act as a main feeder road onto the Inner Ring Road with many commercial trucks and heavy goods vehicles using the road on a daily basis.’
      • ‘The potholed six-mile feeder road leading from the east-coast highway to Quilesse takes an hour to drive.’
      • ‘Chanda says agricultural production can be increased if rural infrastructure like feeder roads, dams and irrigation systems are improved.’
      • ‘The island would come up on the tank between the railway line and the small feeder road (that connects the bypass road with Tiruchi Road).’
      • ‘He said in an interview yesterday that the government only worked on one main feeder road, leaving out those that linked farmers to the rest of the province.’
      • ‘The massive subsidies presently sunk in state road transport undertakings should be released for improving the network of State highways and rural feeder roads.’
      • ‘Monorail is a decent feeder system and should be used in conjunction with the bus system.’
      • ‘They must be aware that this road is a main feeder road to the South Coast and many people use it to stop off at Marlborough.’
      • ‘Railway operators provided feeder bus services for their passengers, and this put more pressure on minibus and taxi services.’
      • ‘First introduced on the main feeder roads to Dublin, the turnpike system spread rapidly.’
      • ‘Some contractors have been awarded contracts to rehabilitate feeder roads in rural areas while others have been engaged to undertake road works for major roads.’
      • ‘Poor marketing systems, a poor feeder road network, inadequate extension services accessed by farmers and inadequate inputs have hampered agricultural development.’
      • ‘It most certainly is not an additional feeder lane onto the main carriageway.’
      • ‘He said his ministry would grade all feeder roads in readiness for the marketing season.’
      • ‘They are the main feeder routes into national roads.’
      • ‘The main feeder line to Bangalore passes through this region and it will be tapped at a suitable point to bring water to a ground-level reservoir that is being constructed.’
    4. 3.4 A transmission line carrying electricity to a distribution point.
      • ‘Stay on the line if you want to report a fallen powerline or live on a rural feeder and have lost power supply.’
      • ‘He said after the demand for irrigation of paddy crop was met in the next couple of days, normal power supply to urban feeders would be restored.’
      • ‘And work has started on a new $250,000 feeder to upgrade electricity supplies to the southern end of the Central business district.’
      • ‘The two feeders supplying the town with power transmit through the diesel generation station at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Front Street.’
      • ‘Sources said the earthing wire on the cable carrying power from the power supply feeder snapped this morning.’
    5. 3.5usually as modifier A school, sports team, etc. from which members move on to one more advanced.
      ‘a feeder school for Florida State University’
      • ‘It's moving toward becoming a feeder league, like, for instance, Uruguay - but without the big crowds.’
      • ‘‘We didn't have the advantage of coming up through a feeder system like men do,’ Luke remarks.’
      • ‘The award is also a boost for the high school's four primary feeder schools, St Andrews, St Chads, St Johns, Clifton, and Withinfields.’
      • ‘Having said that, in the United States, with its college feeder system and supporters who are not bound to a team at birth, the system works.’
      • ‘Work is due to start on-site in January and the new primary school, which will be one of the feeder schools for the academy, will open next September.’
      • ‘But if lots of clubs leave the feeder leagues then those competitions will be devalued.’
      • ‘Professional soccer needs to set up a system much like major league baseball's farm teams, feeder clubs from which local heroes can create a fan base as they move up the ladder.’
      • ‘Firstly, it will engage pupils from our own school, and from feeder primaries, in active citizenship work in their local community.’
      • ‘I would prefer that we owned our own identity and that we weren't perceived by the players and public as a feeder team to the greater cause.’
      • ‘The youths are, inevitably, a feeder team for the adult side - hence the attention being devoted to them.’
      • ‘The four targeted schools educate kindergarten up to Grade 4 students and are feeder schools to larger elementary schools.’
      • ‘In my view there seem to be umpteen benefits for bigger clubs having feeder teams.’
      • ‘We will have to enter into discussions with those feeder leagues after the meeting of chairmen from our league next Thursday.’
      • ‘St Mary's Secondary School in Ballina is one of the leading university feeder schools in the county according to recently published league tables.’
      • ‘I didn't remember him from middle school and yeah, he could be from a different school, but how many feeder schools did my high school have?’
      • ‘Another idea being floated is that domestic competitions would act as feeder leagues in the new set-up, with annual relegation and promotion play-offs.’
      • ‘The association's aim is to provide coaching support for teachers at Ilkley Grammar School and its feeder primary schools to make competitive rugby more widely available to young people in the community.’
      • ‘And I think a lot of clubs in the feeder league feel the same.’
      • ‘This striker comes from Liverpool's unofficial feeder club.’