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 for Feeder
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Feeder \Feed"er\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, gives food or supplies
        nourishment; steward.
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              A couple of friends, his chaplain and feeder.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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     2. One who furnishes incentives; an encourager. "The feeder
        of my riots." --Shak.
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     3. One who eats or feeds; specifically, an animal to be fed
        or fattened.
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              With eager feeding, food doth choke the feeder.
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. One who fattens cattle for slaughter.
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     5. A stream that flows into another body of water; a
        tributary; specifically (Hydraulic Engin.), a water course
        which supplies a canal or reservoir by gravitation or
        natural flow.
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     6. A branch railroad, stage line, air route, or the like; a
        side line which increases the business of the main line.
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     7. (Mining)
        (a) A small lateral lode falling into the main lode or
            mineral vein. --Ure.
        (b) A strong discharge of gas from a fissure; a blower.
            --Raymond.
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     8. (Mach.) An auxiliary part of a machine which supplies or
        leads along the material operated upon.
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     9. (Steam Engine) A device for supplying steam boilers with
        water as needed.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  feeder
      n 1: an animal being fattened or suitable for fattening
      2: someone who consumes food for nourishment [syn: eater,
         feeder]
      3: a branch that flows into the main stream [syn: feeder,
         tributary, confluent, affluent] [ant: distributary]
      4: a machine that automatically provides a supply of some
         material; "the feeder discharged feed into a trough for the
         livestock" [syn: self-feeder, feeder]
      5: an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds [syn:
         bird feeder, birdfeeder, feeder]
      6: an animal that feeds on a particular source of food; "a bark
         feeder"; "a mud feeder"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  165 Moby Thesaurus words for "feeder":
     Brillat-Savarin, L, Lucullus, Roscius, actor, actress, affluent,
     antagonist, antihero, bad guy, barnstormer, bayou, billabong, bit,
     bit part, board-and-roomer, boarder, bon vivant, branch,
     cable railway, cannibal, carnivore, cast, character,
     character actor, character man, character woman, child actor,
     cog railway, confluent, confluent stream, connoisseur of food,
     consumer, cue, dendritic drainage pattern, diner, diner-out,
     diseur, diseuse, dramatizer, eater, eater-out, effluent, el,
     electric railway, elevated, elevated railway, embankment, epicure,
     fat part, feeder line, flesh-eater, foil, fork, fruitarian,
     gastronome, glutton, gourmand, gourmet, grain-eater, graminivore,
     granivore, gravity-operated railway, heavy, herbivore, hero,
     heroine, high liver, histrio, histrion, horse railway,
     hungry mouth, ingenue, junction, juvenile, lactovegetarian, lead,
     lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman,
     light railroad, line, lines, luncher, main line, man-eater,
     matinee idol, meat-eater, metro, mime, mimer, mimic, monologist,
     monorail, mouth, mummer, omnivore, omophagist, pantomime,
     pantomimist, pantophagist, part, person, personage, phytophage,
     picnicker, piece, plant-eater, playactor, player, predacean, prong,
     protagonist, protean actor, rack railway, rack-and-pinion railway,
     rail, rail line, railroad, railway, reciter, roadbed, roadway,
     role, side, sidetrack, siding, soubrette, stage performer,
     stage player, stooge, straight man, straight part, street railway,
     streetcar line, stroller, strolling player, subway,
     supporting character, supporting role, switchback, terminal,
     terminus, theatrical, thespian, title role, track, tram, tramline,
     trencherman, trestle, tributary, trolley line, trouper, trunk,
     trunk line, tube, turnout, underground, utility man, vegetarian,
     villain, walk-on, walking part
  
  

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