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[self-fee-der, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈfi dər, ˈsɛlf-/
an apparatus or machine that automatically discharges a supply of some material, especially one consisting of a hopper and a trough for feeding livestock.
Origin of self-feeder
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • (nominal) engine of good type is sufficient for Huntingdon mill, rock breaker, self-feeder and steam pump.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • It is a self-feeder, and requires only a man and two boys to guide its operations.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • Watch the forks of the pitchers to see that none are loose on the handles, especially if a self-feeder is used.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • The self-feeder is arranged to cut the bands of the sheaves and feed the grain to the cylinder automatically.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for self-feeder


any machine or device capable of automatically supplying materials when and where they are needed, esp one for making measured quantities of food constantly available to farm livestock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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