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feed

1. Engineering the process of supplying a machine or furnace with a material or fuel
2. Engineering the quantity of material or fuel so supplied
3. Engineering the rate of advance of a cutting tool in a lathe, drill, etc.
4. Engineering a mechanism that supplies material or fuel or controls the rate of advance of a cutting tool
5. Theatre informal a performer, esp a straight man, who provides cues
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

feed

The electrical element at the focus of a radio dish that collects the radio waves and feeds them to the receivers. The element may be a dipole connected to a transmission line, or a horn (called a feedhorn) connected to a waveguide. In both cases the physical size of the feed must be chosen to match the wavelength of the signal. A telescope capable of observing at a number of wavelengths may therefore possess a selection of feedhorns, any one of which may be moved to the focal point.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Feed

 

the relative motion of a cutting tool and workpiece on a machine tool; one of the main parameters that characterize the cutting mode during the working of articles on machine tools. Feed makes possible sequential extension of the cutting process to the entire surface being worked.

A distinction is made among continuous feed (for example, in lathes, drilling, and milling machines) and periodic feed (in planers and slotters) and between rectilinear feed (in lathes, drilling, and milling machines, and planers) and circular feed (during rotation of parts in certain grinding machines). Feed is measured in millimeters per revolution of the workpiece or tool (machine tools of the lathe group); in millimeters per double pass of the table or slide (planers); or in millimeters per minute, which is called time feed (milling machines).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

feed

[fēd]
(agriculture)
Any crops or other food substances for livestock.
(computer science)
To supply the material to be operated upon to a machine.
A device capable of so feeding.
(electronics)
To supply a signal to the input of a circuit, transmission line, or antenna.
(electromagnetism)
The part of a radar antenna that is connected to or mounted on the end of the transmission line and serves to radiate radio-frequency electromagnetic energy to the reflector or receive energy therefrom.
(engineering)
Process or act of supplying material to a processing unit for treatment.
The material supplied to a processing unit for treatment.
A device that moves stock or workpieces to, in, or from a die.
(food engineering)
The fermenting wort that is removed from the yeast troughs during brewing processes.
(mechanical engineering)
Forward motion imparted to the cutters or drills of cutting or drilling machinery.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

feed

i. The means of supplying ammunition to a gun or providing chaff to a dispenser.
ii. The point at which a signal enters a circuit or a device, such as an antenna feed.
iii. To provide a signal.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

feed

A general term for the electronic distribution of information, whether text, audio or video. It may refer to a syndicated radio or TV program that is transmitted on a regular basis, or to a syndication feed that is available on a website or blog (see syndication format).
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