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feeling Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    • she had a feeling of euphoria
    • he had terrible feelings of guilt
    • I disliked him and the feeling was mutual
  2. noun a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    impression; belief; opinion; notion.
    • his impression of her was favorable
    • what are your feelings about the crisis?
    • it strengthened my belief in his sincerity
    • I had a feeling that she was lying
  3. noun the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    flavour; look; feel; tone; flavor; smell; spirit.
    • the feel of the city excited him
    • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    • it had the smell of treason
  4. noun a physical sensation that you experience
    • he had a queasy feeling
    • I had a strange feeling in my leg
    • he lost all feeling in his arm
  5. noun the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    touch; tactual sensation; touch sensation; tactile sensation.
    • she likes the touch of silk on her skin
    • the surface had a greasy feeling
  6. noun an intuitive understanding of something
    intuitive feeling.
    • he had a great feeling for music
  7. verb undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    feel; experience.
    • She felt resentful
    • He felt regret
  8. verb come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    feel; find.
    • I feel that he doesn't like me
    • I find him to be obnoxious
    • I found the movie rather entertaining
  9. verb perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    feel; sense.
    • 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. verb be felt or perceived in a certain way
    • The ground feels shaky
    • The sheets feel soft
  14. verb grope or feel in search of something
    • He felt for his wallet
  15. verb examine by touch
    feel; finger.
    • Feel this soft cloth!
    • The customer fingered the sweater
  16. verb examine (a body part) by palpation
    palpate; feel.
    • The nurse palpated the patient's stomach
    • The runner felt her pulse
  17. verb find by testing or cautious exploration
    • He felt his way around the dark room
  18. verb produce a certain impression
    • It feels nice to be home again
  19. verb pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
    • He felt the girl in the movie theater

Feel"ing adjective
  1. Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved; as, a feeling heart.
  2. Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility; as, he made a feeling representation of his wrongs.
Feel"ing noun
  1. The sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body, especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous sensibility to external objects.
    Why was the sight To such a tender ball as the eye confined, . . . And not, as feeling, through all parts diffused? Milton.
  2. An act or state of perception by the sense above described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself; consciousness.
    The apprehension of the good Gives but the greater feeling to the worse. Shak.
  3. The capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the sensibility not dependent on the body; as, a man of feeling; a man destitute of feeling.
  4. Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever; as, a right or a wrong feeling in the heart; our angry or kindly feelings; a feeling of pride or of humility.
    A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick.
    Tenderness for the feelings of others. Macaulay.
  5. That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator. Fairholt. Syn. -- Sensation; emotion; passion; sentiment; agitation; opinion. See Emotion, Passion, Sentiment.

Webster 1913

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