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FEE'DER, noun

1. One that gives food, or supplies nourishment.

2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager.

The feeder of my riots.

3. One that eats or subsists; as, small birds are feeders on grain or seeds.

4. One that fattens cattle for slaughter.

5. A fountain, stream or channel that supplies a main canal with water.

Feeder of a vein, in mining, a short cross vein.