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King James Dictionary [1]

Feel, pret. and pp. felt. L. palpo. the primary sense is to touch, to pat, to strike gently, or to press, as is evident from the L. palpito, and other derivatives of palp. If so, the word seems to be allied to L. pello.

1. To perceive by the touch to have sensation excited by contact of a thing with the body or limbs.

Suffer me that I may feel the pillars.  Judges 16 .

Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son.

 Genesis 27 .

2. To have the sense of to suffer or enjoy as, to feel pain to feel pleasure. 3. To experience to suffer.

Whoso keepeth the commandments shall feel no evil thing.  Ecclesiastes 8 .

4. To be affected by to perceive mentally as, to feel grief or woe.

Would I had never trod this English earth, or felt the flatteies that grow upon it.

5. To know to be acquainted with to have a real and just view of.

For then, and not till then, he felt himself.

6. To touch to handle with or without of.

Feel this piece of silk, or feel of it.

To feel, or to feel out, is to try to sound to search for to explore as, to feel or feel out one's opinions or designs.

To feel after, to search for to seek to find to seek as a person groping in the dark.

If haply they might feel after him, and find him.  Acts 18 .


1. To have perception by the touch, or by the contact of any substance with the body. 2. To have the sensibility or the passions moved or excited. The good man feels for the woes of others. 3. To give perception to excite sensation.

Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels smooth.

So, we say, a thing feels soft or hard, or it feels hot or cold.

4. To have perception mentally as, to feel hurt to feel grieved to feel unwilling.

Feel, n. The sense of feeling, or the perception caused by the touch. The difference of tumors may be ascertained by the feel. Argillaceous stones may sometimes be known by the feel. In America, feeling is more generally used but the use of feel is not uncommon.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( v. i.) To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's self to be; - followed by an adjective describing the state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded.

(2): ( v. t.) To perceive; to observe.

(3): ( v. i.) To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body.

(4): ( v. i.) To have the sensibilities moved or affected.

(5): ( v. i.) To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know certainly or without misgiving.

(6): ( v. t.) To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or sensetive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain.

(7): ( n.) Feeling; perception.

(8): ( v. t.) To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often with out.

(9): ( v. t.) To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body, especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.

(10): ( n.) A sensation communicated by touching; impression made upon one who touches or handles; as, this leather has a greasy feel.

(11): ( v. i.) To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce an impression by the nerves of sensation; - followed by an adjective describing the kind of sensation.

(12): ( v. t.) To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to have an inward persuasion of.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [3]

 Genesis 27:12 (c) Isaac did feel his son Jacob and was deceived by his feelings. (See  Genesis 27:21). We should be warned by this picture against trusting in our feelings in those matters which pertain to God, and to faith, and to GOD's Word. We are to live and understand by faith, not by feeling.

 Judges 16:26 (c) Samson felt the pillars, he realized their strength and their size, but was not dismayed by that. He believed God, and because of his faith he accomplished his purpose. Let us also consider every situation in life, and then look to God to work the necessary miracle. (See  Romans 4:19).

 Psalm 58:9 (b) Thorns were used to make a fire beneath the pots. They were fit for nothing but burning. The Lord is describing the suddenness with which His wrath would come upon His enemies. There would not be a gradual approach to the storm, as would be when the thorn fire gradually heats up the pot.

 Acts 17:27 (a) Our Lord indicates that men are blind and therefore cannot see God as they should. They therefore reach out the hand of faith and find God by faith. Then He opens their eyes to see, and know, and understand Him.