Feed vs Foodstuffs - What's the difference?

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Feed is a related term of foodstuffs.

As nouns the difference between feed and foodstuffs

is that feed is (uncountable) food given to (especially herbivorous) animals while foodstuffs is .

As a verb feed

is (lb) to give (someone or something) food to eat or feed can be (fee).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) feden, from (etyl) through Indo-European. More at (l), (l).


  • (lb) To give (someone or something) food to eat.
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  • *Bible, (w) xii.20:
  • *:If thine enemy hunger, feed him.
  • (lb) To eat (usually of animals).
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  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ΒΆ.
  • (lb) To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.
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  • *2012 December 25 (airdate), (Steven Moffat), The Snowmen'' (''Doctor Who )
  • *:DR SIMEON: I said I'd feed you. I didn't say who to.
  • (lb) To give to a machine to be processed.
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  • (lb) To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
  • *(Richard Knolles) (1545-1610)
  • *:feeding him with the hope of liberty
  • To supply with something.
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  • To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.
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  • *Mortimer
  • *:Once in three years feed your mowing lands.
  • To pass to.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 28, author=Kevin Darlin, work=BBC
  • , title= West Brom 1-3 Blackburn , passage=Morrison then played a pivotal role in West Brom's equaliser, powering through the middle and feeding Tchoyi, whose low, teasing right-wing cross was poked in by Thomas at the far post}}
  • To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply.
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  • Noun

  • (uncountable) Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.
  • They sell feed , riding helmets, and everything else for horses.
  • Something supplied continuously.
  • a satellite feed
  • The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon.
  • the paper feed of a printer
  • (countable) A gathering to eat, especially in quantity
  • They held a crab feed on the beach.
  • (Internet) Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.
  • I've subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.
    Derived terms
    * atom feed * data feed * live Internet feed * Internet feed * RSS feed, syndication feed * Web feed

    Derived terms

    * bite the hand that feeds one * chicken feed * feed dog * feeding frenzy * feed one's face * feedstock * * misfeed * off one's feed * overfeed * underfeed

    Etymology 2

    + -(e)d