1. One who, or that which, feels.

2. <entomology, zoology> 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." (Derham)

3. Anything, as a proposal, observation, etc, put forth or thrown out in order to ascertain the views of others; something tentative.

(01 Mar 1998)

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