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[fee-ler] /ˈfi lər/
a person or thing that feels.
a proposal, remark, hint, etc., designed to bring out the opinions or purposes of others:
Interested in an accord, both labor and management were putting out feelers.
Zoology. an organ of touch, as an antenna or a tentacle.
Also called feeler gauge. Engineering. a gauge having several blades of known thickness, used for measuring clearances.
Nautical. a device for indicating that the lead of a mechanical sounding device has come to the bottom.
Origin of feeler
1520-30; feel + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feeler
  • The birds bumped their heads nearly three times more often than birds with the use of their feeler feathers.
  • Using a steel straight edge and feeler gage, measure the flatness of the piston top and bottom.
  • Curb machine has a feeler gauge that rides along the top of the white string line to place the curb at a specific elevation.
  • Using the steel square and feeler gage, measure the flatness of the tamper foot.
  • Spud wrench, calibrated torque wrench, feeler gauge.
  • Adjust jaws using either a feeler gauge or a portion of the sample to adjust the gripping of the sample.
  • It is a feeler and also an instrument by which objects are smelled.
  • While cutting is stopped for strain readings, use a feeler gauge to see if the cut is closed.
  • Gear tooth thickness was measured using a gear tooth caliper and backlash was measured using feeler gages on all open gearing.
  • The straightedge is moved across both diagonals, measuring the gap between the straightedge and the cap with the feeler gage.
British Dictionary definitions for feeler


a person or thing that feels
an organ in certain animals, such as an antenna or tentacle, that is sensitive to touch
a remark designed to probe the reactions or intentions of other people
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Word Origin and History for feeler

early 15c., "one who feels," agent noun from feel (v.). Of animal organs, 1660s. Transferred sense of "proposal put forth to observe the reaction it gets" is from 1830. Related: Feelers.

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feeler in Science
A slender body part used for touching or sensing. The antennae of insects and the barbels of catfish are feelers.
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