emotion or sympathetic perception revealed by an artist in his or her work:a poem without feeling.
the general impression conveyed by a work:a landscape painting with a spacious feeling.
sympathetic appreciation, as of music:to play with feeling.
readily affected by emotion; sympathetic:a feeling heart.
indicating or characterized by emotion:a feeling reply to the charge.
1125–75; Middle English; see feel, -ing1, -ing2
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged.Feeling,emotion,passion,sentiment refer to pleasurable or painful sensations experienced when one is stirred to sympathy, anger, fear, love, grief, etc. Feeling is a general term for a subjective point of view as well as for specific sensations:to be guided by feeling rather than by facts; a feeling of sadness, of rejoicing.Emotion is applied to an intensified feeling:agitated by emotion.Passion is strong or violent emotion, often so overpowering that it masters the mind or judgment:stirred to a passion of anger.Sentiment is a mixture of thought and feeling, esp. refined or tender feeling:Recollections are often colored by sentiment.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged. sympathy, empathy, tenderness, sensitivity, sentiment.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged. emotional, tender.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged. impassioned, passionate.
feel/fil/USA pronunciationv.,felt/fɛlt/USA pronunciation feel•ing,n. v.
Physiology to perceive (something) by direct physical contact:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]I could feel a slight breeze.
to examine (something) by touch: [~ + object]I felt her forehead to see if she had a fever.[no object]I felt around in my pocket for a dime.
to find (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves:[~ + object]I felt my way through the darkened room.
to experience the effects of; notice:[~ + object]The whole region felt the storm.
to have a particular sensation or impression of:[~ + oneself + verb(-ing)]I felt myself fly(ing) through the air. I felt my lips get(ting) dry.
to have a belief in; think:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + (that) clause]I feel he's guilty.
to perceive or experience a state of mind or a condition of body; to have a sensation of being; to become conscious of: [~ + object]She felt pride in her accomplishments.[~ + adjective]I'm feeling fine.
to make itself felt, noticed, or apparent; seem; to give off sensations:[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + adjective]Her head feels cold.
Dialect Termsfeel for,[~ + for + object]
to feel sympathy for or compassion toward; empathize with:I felt for you when your car was stolen.
feel out, to try to determine the mood or status of (a person or situation) by discreet, usually informal or unofficial inquiries: [ ~ + out + obj]:We'll feel out the manager on your idea.[ ~ + obj + out]:to feel her out on the new idea.