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feeler Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste
    antenna.
  2. noun a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    overture; advance; approach.
    • she rejected his advances
  3. noun sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ
    antenna.
    • he had a special antenna for public relations
  4. noun slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
    barbel.
WordNet

Feel"er noun
Definitions
  1. One who, or that which, feels.
  2. (Zoöl.) One of the sense organs or certain animals (as insects), which are used in testing objects by touch and in searching for food; an antenna; a palp.
    Insects . . . perpetually feeling and searching before them with their feelers or antennæ. Derham.
  3. Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc., put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative.

Webster 1913