late 12c., "act of touching, sense of touch," verbal noun from feel (v.). Meaning "emotion" is mid-14c. Meaning "what one feels (about something), opinion" is from mid-15c. Meaning "capacity to feel" is from 1580s. Related: Feelingly.
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.