Definitions of feeding
  1. noun
    the act of consuming food
    synonyms: eating
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    the practice of eating fungi (especially mushrooms collected in the wild)
    bite, chomp
    the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
    browse, browsing
    the act of feeding by continual nibbling
    coprophagia, coprophagy
    eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity
    the act of eating dinner
    eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation
    banqueting, feasting
    eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)
    graze, grazing
    the act of grazing
    the act of eating lunch
    repletion, surfeit
    eating until excessively full
    ingestion of liquid food with a spoon or by drinking
    degustation, relishing, savoring, savouring, tasting
    taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
    necrophagia, necrophagy
    feeding on corpses or carrion
    the eating of raw food
    the eating of excrement or other filth
    a large bite
    Dutch treat
    a dinner where each person pays for his own
    gentle biting
    nip, pinch
    a small sharp bite or snip
    type of:
    consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake
    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
  2. noun
    the act of supplying food and nourishment
    synonyms: alimentation
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    lactation, suckling
    feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
    infant feeding
    feeding an infant
    forced feeding, gavage
    feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
    IV, intravenous feeding
    administration of nutrients through a vein
    excessive feeding
    feeding someone (as a baby) from a spoon
    TPN, hyperalimentation, total parenteral nutrition
    administration of a nutritionally adequate solution through a catheter into the vena cava; used in cases of long-term coma or severe burns or severe gastrointestinal syndromes
    demand feeding
    feeding a baby or animal whenever it shows a need
    nasogastric feeding
    feeding consisting of delivering liquid nutrients through a tube passing through the nose and into the stomach
    feeding a nutrient solution into the stomach through a tube through a surgically created opening
    breast feeding, nursing
    nourishing at the breast
    schedule feeding
    feeding a baby or animal according to a fixed schedule (e.g., every 4 hours)
    type of:
    provision, supply, supplying
    the activity of supplying or providing something
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