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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fee \Fee\ (f[=e]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Feed (f[=e]d); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Feeing.]
   To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to
   recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
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         The patient . . . fees the doctor.       --Dryden.
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         There's not a one of them but in his house
         I keep a servant feed.                   --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feed \Feed\ (f[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fed (f[e^]d); p. pr.
   & vb. n. Feeding.] [AS. f[=e]dan, fr. f[=o]da food; akin to
   OS. f[=o]dian, OFries. f[=e]da, f[=o]da, D. voeden, OHG.
   fuottan, Icel. f[ae][eth]a, Sw. f["o]da, Dan. f["o]de.
   [root]75. See Food.]
   1. To give food to; to supply with nourishment; to satisfy
      the physical huger of.
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            If thine enemy hunger, feed him.      --Rom. xii.
                                                  20.
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            Unreasonable creatures feed their young. --Shak.
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   2. To satisfy; gratify or minister to, as any sense, talent,
      taste, or desire.
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            I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Feeding him with the hope of liberty. --Knolles.
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   3. To fill the wants of; to supply with that which is used or
      wasted; as, springs feed ponds; the hopper feeds the mill;
      to feed a furnace with coal.
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   4. To nourish, in a general sense; to foster, strengthen,
      develop, and guard.
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            Thou shalt feed my people Israel.     --2 Sam. v. 2.
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            Mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed. --B.
                                                  Cornwall.
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   5. To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by
      cattle; as, if grain is too forward in autumn, feed it
      with sheep.
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            Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
                                                  --Mortimer.
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   6. To give for food, especially to animals; to furnish for
      consumption; as, to feed out turnips to the cows; to feed
      water to a steam boiler.
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   7. (Mach.)
      (a) To supply (the material to be operated upon) to a
          machine; as, to feed paper to a printing press.
      (b) To produce progressive operation upon or with (as in
          wood and metal working machines, so that the work
          moves to the cutting tool, or the tool to the work).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feed \Feed\, v. i.
   1. To take food; to eat.
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            Her kid . . . which I afterwards killed because it
            would not feed.                       --De Foe.
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   2. To subject by eating; to satisfy the appetite; to feed
      one's self (upon something); to prey; -- with on or upon.
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            Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon. --Shak.
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   3. To be nourished, strengthened, or satisfied, as if by
      food. "He feeds upon the cooling shade." --Spenser.
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   4. To place cattle to feed; to pasture; to graze.
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            If a man . . . shall put in his beast, and shall
            feed in another man's field.          --Ex. xxii. 5.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feed \Feed\, n.
   1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder;
      pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, the best feed
      for sheep.
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   2. A grazing or pasture ground. --Shak.
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   3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a
      meal; as, a feed of corn or oats.
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   4. A meal, or the act of eating. [R.]
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            For such pleasure till that hour
            At feed or fountain never had I found. --Milton.
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   5. The water supplied to steam boilers.
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   6. (Mach.)
      (a) The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to
          be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing
          machine; or of producing progressive operation upon
          any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning
          lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the
          work.
      (b) The supply of material to a machine, as water to a
          steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of
          stones.
      (c) The mechanism by which the action of feeding is
          produced; a feed motion.
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   Feed bag, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule.
      

   Feed cloth, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other
      fiber, into a machine, as for carding, etc.

   Feed door, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal.

   Feed head.
      (a) A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam
          boiler.
      (b) (Founding) An excess of metal above a mold, which
          serves to render the casting more compact by its
          pressure; -- also called a riser, deadhead, or
          simply feed or head --Knight.

   Feed heater.
      (a) (Steam Engine) A vessel in which the feed water for
          the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam.
      (b) A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock.
          

   Feed motion, or Feed gear (Mach.), the train of mechanism
      that gives motion to the part that directly produces the
      feed in a machine.

   Feed pipe, a pipe for supplying the boiler of a steam
      engine, etc., with water.

   Feed pump, a force pump for supplying water to a steam
      boiler, etc.

   Feed regulator, a device for graduating the operation of a
      feeder. --Knight.

   Feed screw, in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a
      regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work.

   Feed water, water supplied to a steam boiler, etc.

   Feed wheel (Mach.), a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.
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