Definition of feeler in English:

feeler

noun

  • 1An animal organ such as an antenna or palp that is used for testing things by touch or for searching for food.

    • ‘Insects have optimized this principle: With long feelers making circular movements they investigate their surroundings and are able to negotiate even extremely difficult terrain.’
    • ‘And I saw a bee the size of my thumb in the nest, waving feelers at me angrily.’
    • ‘But we managed to find a pair of feelers, which protruded from a hole.’
    • ‘I watched its mouthpart feelers rapidly go to work on the succour and it was quickly rejuvenated.’
    • ‘Just one little insect with feelers can put paid to that…’
    • ‘If nothing else, those with purple feelers are less likely to want to be out in freezing weather, to pick a trivial example.’
    • ‘Like all lobsters, he has ten legs and two claws (the right slightly larger than the left), and two pairs of antennae or feelers.’
    • ‘These things now have legs, feelers, and everything.’
    • ‘The tip of the snout is expanded into a naked pink disc which supports 22 finger-like tentacles or feelers which give this creature its name.’
    • ‘Then the wasps fly back to the nest and plaster the pulp in place, spreading the material carefully with their jaws, stopping every few minutes to test the layer with their feelers to make sure it's the right thickness.’
    antenna, tentacle, horn
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    1. 1.1 A tentative proposal intended to ascertain someone's attitude or opinion.
      ‘he put out feelers about seeking the party nomination’
      • ‘Already in 1987 Austria had put out feelers to Moscow to see what its reaction would be if Austria was to apply to join the European Community.’
      • ‘One of the things it says is that several players have already put out feelers as they explore the chances of making a quick exit from the troubled club.’
      • ‘I had sort of tentatively put feelers out in that direction - I think it is something that, done carefully, could help, as long as I'm dealing with my issues on an emotional level also.’
      • ‘‘I'll put out the usual feelers,’ John replied, turning to leave.’
      • ‘It is understood that the Italian has already put out feelers about the possibility of securing a deal with another club.’
      • ‘He has put out feelers regarding a switch to American citizenship, a move that would let him own U.S. broadcast properties.’
      • ‘I've put out feelers to get someone right inside the Cunningham community coalition to explain to us how the miracle happened.’
      • ‘McGrath put out feelers that he was looking for a career change.’
      • ‘And Todd has already put out feelers for out-of-contract players.’
      • ‘We are trying to raise the money for the game and we have already sent out feelers to the corporate world to come to our aid.’
      • ‘In October 2001, tentative feelers were sent out to Japan, seeking negotiations.’
      • ‘If you are searching for work, put out feelers in seemingly unlikely directions.’
      • ‘It's one thing to examine the options, indulge in a bit of wishful thinking, put out a few feelers and make a few offers; it is another to pursue a determined course of action to achieve a concrete result.’
      tentative enquiry, tentative proposal, tentative suggestion
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Pronunciation:

feeler

/ˈfēlər/