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Feeler  n.  
One who, or that which, feels.
(Zool.) 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 antennae."
Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc., put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Feeler" Quotes from Famous Books

... thinkin' 'twould be good t' think it over a bit, Dugan. Mebby 'twould be best t' git thim at Chicagy." He looked anxiously at the mayor's face, hoping for some sign of approval or disapproval, but the mayor's face was noncommittal. "But mebby it wouldn't," concluded Toole. As a feeler he added: "Would ye be wantin' me t' have thim made ...
— The Water Goats and Other Troubles • Ellis Parker Butler

... under a tumbler on my window sill, in order to see the issue. Holding a microscope to the first-mentioned red ant, I saw that, though he was assiduously gnawing at the near fore-leg of his enemy, having severed his remaining feeler, his own breast was all torn away, exposing what vitals he had there to the jaws of the black warrior, whose breastplate was apparently too thick for him to pierce; and the dark carbuncles of the sufferer's eyes shone with ferocity such as war only could excite. They struggled half an hour ...
— Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 • Charles H. Sylvester

... of it, frankness is not one of her characteristics. I tried to question her about this man. I had seen them together in the Park, talking as intimates. So, when our conversation had reached a friendly stage, I threw out a feeler or two, just to ...
— Lady Rose's Daughter • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... purpose of spending his Christmas on the flat of his back talking to a prosy old doctor? He lay still, trying to think what answer could be made to this physician who told him seriously that he had appendicitis. He put out a feeler. ...
— Stanford Stories - Tales of a Young University • Charles K. Field

... the same words carrie a divers Sence, as till, desert Ground; some signifie one thing forward and another backward, as Feeler I was, noe Foe; which to return with it is, Of one saw I releef. Some signifie one thing forward and another thing backward, as this, Eye, did Madam erre; Some carrie a contrarie Sence backward to that they do forward, as I did level ere vew, ...
— The Survey of Cornwall • Richard Carew

Words linked to "Feeler" :   sensitiveness, suggestion, tentacle, proposition, sensitivity, barbel, advance, overture, proffer, approach, antenna, feel

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