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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

FEED, n., v. Sc. usages. The irreg. pa.t. †fode is found (Abd. 1825 Jam.); also pa.p. feeded (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 360).

I. n. In comb.: feed-dish, the wooden measure for horses' corn (Arg.3. Kcb.10 1951).

II. v. 1. To pasture (flocks). Obs. in Eng.Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. i. ii.:
The Lads they're feeding far beyont the Height.
Sc. 1757 J. Home Douglas II. i.:
My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks.

2. tr. and intr.: To fatten (of animals). Gen.Sc. and common in Eng. dial. Ppl.adjs. feeding, fed. Cf. Feeder, 1.Lth. 1829 G. Robertson Recoll. 441:
The farrow, or yell cows, being reckoned among the feeding stock.
Knr. 1887 “H. Haliburton” Puir Auld Scot. 12:
Straw was then carried to the cows, turnips to the fat cattle — the feds as they were briefly called.
Bwk. 1952 Scotsman (15 March):
Annual Special Sale for Feeding and Breeding Sheep, all Classes of Store Cattle . . . 150 Feeding Hoggs . . . 50 Feeding Cattle.

3. Of weather or storms, esp. snow storms: to grow in intensity, to add to what has gone before (ne.Sc., Per., Fif., Arg., Gall. 1950). Gen. in vbl.n. and ppl.adj. feeding.Sc. 1815 Scott Letters (Cent. ed.) IV. 19:
The weather here seems setting in for a feeding storm as we call it when the snow lies so long.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 202:
Feeding o' frost. A slight thaw, amid frosty weather; after thaws of this kind, the frost commonly becomes more severe than ever; hence they are said to feed the frost.
Ags. 1873 D. M. Ogilvy Poems 215:
She woke ae morn surprised to find The snaw sae deep around — a feedin' storm!
Lnk. 1910 C. Fraser Glengonnar 11:
The win' began to rise, and they were sure noo that they were in for a feedin' storm.
Abd. 1950 Huntly Express (24 Nov.):
On Thursday of last week it wis a feedin' day and snow fell all day.
Gall. 1951:
A feedin o snaw is snow that lies long at dyke-backs and encourages another fall of snow.

[O.Sc. feeding-storm, id., 1641.]

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