feel


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feel \Feel\ (f[=e]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Felt (f[e^]lt); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Feeling.] [AS. f[=e]lan; akin to OS.
   gif[=o]lian to perceive, D. voelen to feel, OHG. fuolen, G.
   f["u]hlen, Icel. f[=a]lma to grope, and prob. to AS. folm
   palm of the hand, L. palma. Cf. Fumble, Palm.]
   1. To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means
      of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body,
      especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited
      by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.
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            Who feel
            Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel.
                                                  --Creecn.
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   2. To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this
      piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often
      with out.
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            Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son.
                                                  --Gen. xxvii.
                                                  21.
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            He hath this to feel my affection to your honor.
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to
      experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or
      sensitive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain.
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            Teach me to feel another's woe.       --Pope.
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            Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil
            thing.                                --Eccl. viii.
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            He best can paint them who shall feel them most.
                                                  --Pope.
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            Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt.
                                                  --Byron.
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   4. To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to
      have an inward persuasion of.
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            For then, and not till then, he felt himself.
                                                  --Shak.
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   5. To perceive; to observe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   To feel the helm (Naut.), to obey it.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feel \Feel\, n.
   1. Feeling; perception. [R.]
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            To intercept and have a more kindly feel of its
            genial warmth.                        --Hazlitt.
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   2. A sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon
      one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy
      feel.
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            The difference between these two tumors will be
            distinguished by the feel.            --S. Sharp.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feel \Feel\, v. i.
   1. To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything
      with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the
      surface of the body.
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   2. To have the sensibilities moved or affected.
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            [She] feels with the dignity of a Roman matron.
                                                  --Burke.
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            And mine as man, who feel for all mankind. --Pope.
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   3. To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind,
      persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's
      self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the
      state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded.
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            I then did feel full sick.            --Shak.
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   4. To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know
      certainly or without misgiving.
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            Garlands . . . which I feel
            I am not worthy yet to wear.          --Shak.
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   5. To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce
      an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by
      an adjective describing the kind of sensation.
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            Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels
            smooth.                               --Dryden.
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   To feel after, to search for; to seek to find; to seek as a
      person groping in the dark. "If haply they might feel
      after him, and find him." --Acts xvii. 27.

   To feel of, to examine by touching.
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