feel Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an intuitive awareness;
- he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it
noun the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
flavour; look; tone; flavor; feeling; smell; spirit.
- the feel of the city excited him
- a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
- it had the smell of treason
noun a property perceived by touch
noun manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
- the girls hated it when he tried to sneak a feel
verb undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
- She felt resentful
- He felt regret
verb come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
- I feel that he doesn't like me
- I find him to be obnoxious
- I found the movie rather entertaining
verb perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
- He felt the wind
- She felt an object brushing her arm
- He felt his flesh crawl
- She felt the heat when she got out of the car
verb be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
- My cold is gone--I feel fine today
- She felt tired after the long hike
- She felt sad after her loss
verb have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
- She felt small and insignificant
- You make me feel naked
- I made the students feel different about themselves
verb undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
- her fingers felt their way through the string quartet
- she felt his contempt of her
verb be felt or perceived in a certain way
- The ground feels shaky
- The sheets feel soft
verb grope or feel in search of something
- He felt for his wallet
verb examine by touch
- Feel this soft cloth!
- The customer fingered the sweater
verb examine (a body part) by palpation
- The nurse palpated the patient's stomach
- The runner felt her pulse
verb find by testing or cautious exploration
- He felt his way around the dark room
verb produce a certain impression
- It feels nice to be home again
verb pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
- He felt the girl in the movie theater
Feel transitive verb
To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body, especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.
Who feel Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel. Creecn.
To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as,; hence, to make trial of; to test; often with feelthis piece of silk out.
Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son. Gen. xxvii. 21.
He hath this to feel my affection to your honor. Shak.
To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or sensetive to; as, to feelpleasure; to feelpain.
Teach me to feel another's woe. Pope.
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing. Eccl. viii. 5.
He best can paint them who shall feel them most. Pope.
Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt. Byron.
To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to have an inward persuasion of.
For then, and not till then, he felt himself. Shak.
To perceive; to observe.Obs. Chaucer.
Feel intransitive verb
To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body.
To have the sensibilities moved or affected.
[She] feels with the dignity of a Roman matron. Burke.
And mine as man, who feel for all mankind. Pope.
To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the state, etc.; as, to. feelassured, grieved, persuaded
I then did feel full sick. Shak.
To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know certainly or without misgiving.
Garlands . . . which I feel I am not worthy yet to wear. Shak.
To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by an adjective describing the kind of sensation.
Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels smooth. Dryden.Acts xvii. 27.
To intercept and have a more kindly feel of its genial warmth. Hazlitt.
A sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy. feel
The difference between these two tumors will be distinguished by the feel. S. Sharp.