|—vb (foll by for) (often foll by up) , feels, feeling, felt|
|1.||to perceive (something) by touching|
|2.||to have a physical or emotional sensation of (something): to feel heat; to feel anger|
|3.||(tr) to examine (something) by touch|
|4.||(tr) to find (one's way) by testing or cautious exploration|
|5.||(copula) to seem or appear in respect of the sensation given: I feel tired; it feels warm|
|6.||to have an indistinct, esp emotional conviction; sense (esp in the phrase feel in one's bones)|
|7.||to show sympathy or compassion (towards): I feel for you in your sorrow|
|8.||to believe, think, or be of the opinion (that): he feels he must resign|
|9.||slang to pass one's hands over the sexual organs of|
|10.||feel like to have an inclination (for something or doing something): I don't feel like going to the pictures|
|11.||feel oneself, feel quite oneself to be fit and sure of oneself|
|12.||(usually used with a negative or in a question) feel up to to be fit enough for (something or doing something): I don't feel up to going out tonight|
|13.||the act or an instance of feeling, esp by touching|
|14.||the quality of or an impression from something perceived through feeling: the house has a homely feel about it|
|15.||the sense of touch: the fabric is rough to the feel|
|16.||an instinctive aptitude; knack: she's got a feel for this sort of work|
|[Old English fēlan; related to Old High German fuolen, Old Norse fālma to grope, Latin palma|
|1.||the sense of touch|
|2.||a. the ability to experience physical sensations, such as heat, pain, etc|
|b. the sensation so experienced|
|3.||a state of mind|
|4.||a physical or mental impression: a feeling of warmth|
|5.||fondness; sympathy: to have a great deal of feeling for someone|
|6.||an ability to feel deeply: a person of feeling|
|7.||a sentiment: a feeling that the project is feasible|
|8.||an impression or mood; atmosphere: the feeling of a foreign city|
|9.||an emotional disturbance, esp anger or dislike: a lot of bad feeling about the increase in taxes|
|10.||intuitive appreciation and understanding: a feeling for words|
|11.||sensibility in the performance of something|
|12.||(plural) emotional or moral sensitivity, as in relation to principles or personal dignity (esp in the phrase hurt or injure the feelings of)|
|13.||have feelings for to be emotionally or sexually attracted to|
|15.||expressing or containing emotion|
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
To perceive through the sense of touch.
To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
The sensation involving perception by touch.
A physical sensation, as of pain.
An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires.
in psychology, the perception of events within the body, closely related to emotion. The term feeling is a verbal noun denoting the action of the verb to feel, which derives etymologically from the Middle English verb felen, "to perceive by touch, by palpation." It soon came to mean, more generally, to perceive through those senses that are not referred to any special organ. As the known special organs of sense were the ones mediating the perception of the external world, the verb to feel came also to mean the perception of events within the body. Psychologists disagree on the use of the term feeling. The preceding definition accords with that of the American psychologist R.S. Woodworth, who defines the problem of feeling and emotion as that of the individual's "internal state." Many psychologists, however, still follow the German philosopher Immanuel Kant in equating feeling to states of pleasantness and unpleasantness, known in psychology as affect.
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