feeder vs tributary what difference

what is difference between feeder and tributary

English

Etymology

From Middle English feedere, federe, fedare, equivalent to feed +‎ -er.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfidɚ/
  • Rhymes: -iːdə(ɹ)

Noun

feeder (plural feeders)

  1. One who feeds, or gives food to another.
    1. The participant in feederism who feeds the other (the feedee).
      • 2010, Niall Richardson, Transgressive Bodies:
        Often similes such as ‘soft as velvet’ or ‘fluffy like a cloud’ will be employed and the feeder will describe how he feels he can be lost in the enveloping folds of soft flesh.
  2. One who feeds, or takes in food.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene v:
      The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
      Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
      More than the wild-cat; []
  3. One who, or that which, feeds material into something.
    • 2007, Thomas E. Lightburn, The Shield and the Shark (page 173)
      When the claxon sounded they immediately stopped what they were doing and uncovered the Oerlikon. Paddy, who was ammunition feeder, stood by while Jock trained the 20mm gun around.
  4. That which is used to feed.
    a bird feeder
  5. A tributary stream, especially of a canal.
    • 1827, Conrad Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, or A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Edinburgh: Adam Black, volume 6, book 101, 285:
      The surface of the Balaton and the surrounding marshes is not less than 24 German square miles, or 384 English square miles; its principal feeder is the Szala, but all the water it receives appears inconsiderable relatively to its superficial extent, and the quantity lost in evaporation.
  6. A branch line of a railway.
  7. A transmission line that feeds the electricity for an electricity substation, or for a transmitter.
  8. (education) A feeder school.
  9. (shipbuilding, navigation) A feeder ship.
  10. (US, law) A judge whose law clerks are often selected to become clerks for the Supreme Court.
  11. (baseball, slang, archaic, 1800s) The pitcher.
  12. (video games, derogatory) A player whose character is killed by the opposing player or team more than once, deliberately or through lack of skills and experience, thus helping the opposing side.
  13. (obsolete) One who abets another.
  14. (obsolete) A parasite.

Derived terms

Translations

References

  • “feeder”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Anagrams

  • ferede, reefed, refeed

Manx

Etymology

From Middle Irish *figedóir (weaver) (compare Irish fíodóir, Scottish Gaelic figheadair), from figid (weaves, plaits, intertwines, verb); synchronically, fee +‎ -der.

Noun

feeder m (genitive singular feeder, plural feederyn)

  1. spider
    Synonym: doo-oallee
  2. weaver

Mutation

References

  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “figedóir”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language


English

Etymology

From Middle English tributarie (paying tribute), from Latin tribūtārius, from tribūtum (tribute).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪbjʊtəɹi/

Noun

tributary (plural tributaries)

  1. A natural water stream that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
    Synonym: affluent
  2. A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.

Related terms

  • distributary

Translations

Adjective

tributary (not comparable)

  1. Related to the paying of tribute.
  2. subordinate; inferior
  3. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing.
    The Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.

Related terms

  • tribute

Translations


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