feeling


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.
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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:

Feeling \Feel"ing\, a.
   1. Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved;
      as, a feeling heart.
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   2. Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing,
      sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his
      wrongs.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Feeling \Feel"ing\, n.
   1. The sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the
      body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the
      body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in
      the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body,
      especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous
      sensibility to external objects.
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            Why was the sight
            To such a tender ball as the eye confined, . . .
            And not, as feeling, through all parts diffused?
                                                  --Milton.
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   2. An act or state of perception by the sense above
      described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an
      act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself;
      consciousness.
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            The apprehension of the good
            Gives but the greater feeling to the worse. --Shak.
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   3. The capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high
      degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the
      sensibility not dependent on the body; as, a man of
      feeling; a man destitute of feeling.
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   4. Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the
      capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a
      right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly
      feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility.
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            A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick.
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            Tenderness for the feelings of others. --Macaulay.
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   5. That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental
      emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect
      similarly the spectator. --Fairholt.

   Syn: Sensation; emotion; passion; sentiment; agitation;
        opinion. See Emotion, Passion, Sentiment.
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