Definition of feeler in English:

feeler

Line breaks: feel¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːlə
 
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noun

  • 1An animal organ such as an antenna or palp that is used for testing things by touch or for searching for food.
    More example sentences
    • The tip of the snout is expanded into a naked pink disc which supports 22 finger-like tentacles or feelers which give this creature its name.
    • Like all lobsters, he has ten legs and two claws (the right slightly larger than the left), and two pairs of antennae or feelers.
    • These things now have legs, feelers, and everything.
    Synonyms
    antenna, tentacle, horn; whisker, hair, barb; tactile organ, sensory organ
    technical palp, palpus, pedipalp, antennule, tactor
  • 1.1A tentative proposal intended to ascertain someone’s attitude or opinion: he has already put out feelers to local employers
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    • He has put out feelers regarding a switch to American citizenship, a move that would let him own U.S. broadcast properties.
    • I've put out feelers to get someone right inside the Cunningham community coalition to explain to us how the miracle happened.
    • Already in 1987 Austria had put out feelers to Moscow to see what its reaction would be if Austria was to apply to join the European Community.
    Synonyms
    tentative enquiry, tentative proposal, tentative suggestion; advance, approach, overture, appeal; probe, trial balloon; French ballon d'essai

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