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 sightMilton.
To such a tender ball as the eye confined, . . .
And not, as feeling, through all parts
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 goodShak.
Gives but the greater feeling to the worse.
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.
(Feel"ing*ly), adv. In a feeling manner; pathetically; sympathetically.
(Feere) n. [See Fere, n.] A consort, husband or wife; a companion; a fere. [Obs.]
(Feese) n. [Cf. OE. fesien to put to flight, AS. fesian, fysian, fysan, fr. fus, prompt, willing.]
The short run before a leap. [Obs.] Nares.
(Feet) n. pl. See Foot.
(Feet), n. [See Feat, n.] Fact; performance. [Obs.]
(Feet"less), a. Destitute of feet; as, feetless birds.
(Feeze) v. t. [For sense 1, cf. F. visser to screw, vis screw, or 1st E. feaze, v.t.: for sense 2,
1. To turn, as a screw. [Scot] Jamieson.
2. To beat; to chastise; to humble; to worry. [Obs.] [Written also feaze, feize, pheese.] Beau. & Fl.
To feeze up, to work into a passion. [Obs.]
(Feeze), n. Fretful excitement. [Obs.] See Feaze.
(||Feh"ling) n. (Chem.) See Fehling's solution, under Solution.
(Feh"mic) a. See Vehmic.