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 Dictionary entry overview: What does feeding mean? 

FEEDING (noun)
  The noun FEEDING has 2 senses:

1. the act of consuming food
2. the act of supplying food and nourishment

  Familiarity information: FEEDING used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FEEDING (noun)

Sense 1feeding [BACK TO TOP]


The act of consuming food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


eating; feeding

Hypernyms ("feeding" is a kind of...):

consumption; ingestion; intake; uptake (the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating))

Meronyms (parts of "feeding"):

chew; chewing; manduction; mastication (biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "feeding"):

mycophagy (the practice of eating fungi (especially mushrooms collected in the wild))

scatophagy (the eating of excrement or other filth)

omophagia (the eating of raw food)

necrophagia; necrophagy (feeding on corpses or carrion)

degustation; relishing; savoring; savouring; tasting (taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality)

supping (ingestion of liquid food with a spoon or by drinking)

repletion; surfeit (eating until excessively full)

lunching (the act of eating lunch)

graze; grazing (the act of grazing)

geophagia; geophagy; pica (eating earth or clay or chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes or sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency)

bite; chomp (the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws)

browse; browsing (the act of feeding by continual nibbling)

coprophagia; coprophagy (eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity)

dining (the act of eating dinner)

engorgement (eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation)

banqueting; feasting (eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment))

Sense 2feeding [BACK TO TOP]


The act of supplying food and nourishment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


alimentation; feeding

Hypernyms ("feeding" is a kind of...):

provision; supply; supplying (the activity of supplying or providing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "feeding"):

spoonfeeding (feeding someone (as a baby) from a spoon)

overfeeding (excessive feeding)

intravenous feeding; IV (administration of nutrients through a vein)

forced feeding; gavage (feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat)

infant feeding (feeding an infant)

lactation; suckling (feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast)

hyperalimentation; total parenteral nutrition; TPN (administration of a nutritionally adequate solution through a catheter into the vena cava; used in cases of long-term coma or severe burns or severe gastrointestinal syndromes)

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