WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
feel•ing /ˈfilɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Physiology the function or the power of perceiving by touch:[uncountable]no feeling in his left hand.
  2. a particular sensation of this kind:[countable]a feeling of warmth.
  3. a consciousness or awareness:[countable]a feeling of inferiority.
  4. an emotion or emotional attitude:[countable]a feeling of joy.
  5. idea;
    thought:[countable]a feeling we were being watched.
  6. a sentiment;
    opinion:[countable]a feeling in favor of the proposal.
  7. feelings, [plural] the emotional side of a person;
    sensibilities:I didn't intend to hurt her feelings.
  8. understanding;
    sympathetic perception:[uncountable]a poem without feeling.

  1. sensitive;
    readily affected by emotion;
    sympathetic:a feeling heart.
  2. indicating or characterized by emotion:He gave a feeling reply to the charge.
feel•ing•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
feel•ing  (fēling),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Physiologythe function or the power of perceiving by touch.
  2. Physiologyphysical sensation not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell.
  3. a particular sensation of this kind:a feeling of warmth; a feeling of pain.
  4. the general state of consciousness considered independently of particular sensations, thoughts, etc.
  5. a consciousness or vague awareness:a feeling of inferiority.
  6. an emotion or emotional perception or attitude:a feeling of joy; a feeling of sorrow.
  7. capacity for emotion, esp. compassion:to have great feeling for the sufferings of others.
  8. a sentiment;
    opinion:The general feeling was in favor of the proposal.
  9. feelings, sensibilities;
    susceptibilities:to hurt one's feelings.
  10. fine emotional endowment.
  11. (in music, art, etc.)
    • 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.

  1. sensitive;
  2. readily affected by emotion;
    sympathetic:a feeling heart.
  3. indicating or characterized by emotion:a feeling reply to the charge.
feeling•ly, adv. 
feeling•ness, n. 
  • 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.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . cold.

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feeling /ˈfiːlɪŋ/ n
  1. the sense of touch
  2. the ability to experience physical sensations, such as heat, pain, etc
  3. the sensation so experienced
  4. a state of mind
  5. a physical or mental impression: a feeling of warmth
  6. fondness; sympathy: to have a great deal of feeling for someone
  7. a sentiment: a feeling that the project is feasible
  8. an emotional disturbance, esp anger or dislike
  9. sensibility in the performance of something
  10. (plural) emotional or moral sensitivity, as in relation to principles or personal dignity (esp in the phrase hurt or injure the feelings of)
  11. have feelings forto be emotionally or sexually attracted to
  1. sentient; sensitive
  2. expressing or containing emotion

ˈfeelingly adv

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