American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to fall by striking; cut or knock down: fell a tree; fell an opponent in boxing.
- v. To kill: was felled by an assassin's bullet.
- v. To sew or finish (a seam) with the raw edges flattened, turned under, and stitched down.
- n. The timber cut down in one season.
- n. A felled seam.
- adj. Of an inhumanly cruel nature; fierce: fell hordes.
- adj. Capable of destroying; lethal: a fell blow.
- adj. Dire; sinister: by some fell chance.
- adj. Scots Sharp and biting.
- idiom. at All at once.
- n. The hide of an animal; a pelt.
- n. A thin membrane directly beneath the hide.
- n. Chiefly British An upland stretch of open country; a moor.
- n. Chiefly British A barren or stony hill.
- v. Past tense of fall.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to fall; throw down; cut down; bring to the ground, either by cutting, as with ax or sword, or by striking, as with a club or the fist: as, to fell trees; to fell an ox; to fell an antagonist at fisticuffs.
- In sewing, to flatten on and sew down level with the cloth: as, to fell a seam.
- To finish the weaving of (a web, or piece of cloth).
- n. A cutting down; a felling.
- n. In sewing, a flat, smooth seam between two pieces of a fabric, made by laying down the wider of the two edges left projecting by the joining seam over the narrower edge and hemming it down. A French fell is made by doubling inward both edges of the fabric on the line of the joining seam, and making a second seam through the folds, so as to hold the edges in.
- n. In weaving, the line of termination of a web in the process of weaving, formed by the last weft-thread driven up by the lay; the line to which the warp is at any instant wefted.
- n. Preterit of fall.
- n. The skin or hide of an animal; a pelt; hence, an integument of any kind.
- n. A hairy covering; a head of hair.
- Of a strong and cruel nature; eager and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless.
- Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; clever; as, a fell cheese; a fell bodie.
- Sharply; fiercely.
- n. A hill, especially a rocky eminence: as, Mickle Fell, Scawfell, and Scawfell Pike, the last the highest mountain in England proper.
- n. A stretch of bare, elevated land; a moor; a down.
- n. Gall; anger; melancholy.
- n. In mining, one of the many names of lead ore formerly current in Derbyshire, England.
- adj. Of a strong and cruel nature; eagre and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless; savage.
- adj. Scotland Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; pungent; clever.
- adv. Sharply; fiercely.
- n. That portion of a kilt, from the waist to the seat, where the pleats are stitched down
- n. An animal skin, hide
- n. textiles The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
- v. sewing To stitch down a protruding flap of fabric, as a seam allowance, or pleat.
- v. transitive To make something fall; especially to chop down a tree.
- v. to strike down, kill, destroy
- v. Simple past of fall.
- n. archaic, except, UK A rocky ridge or chain of mountains.
- n. archaic, except, UK A wild field or upland moor
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of fall.
- adj. Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous.
- adj. obsolete Eager; earnest; intent.
- n. obsolete Gall; anger; melancholy.
- n. A skin or hide of a beast with the wool or hair on; a pelt; -- used chiefly in composition, as wool
- n. A barren or rocky hill.
- n. A wild field; a moor.
- v. To cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down.
- n. (Mining) The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting.
- v. To sew or hem; -- said of seams.
- n. (Sewing) A form of seam joining two pieces of cloth, the edges being folded together and the stitches taken through both thicknesses.
- n. (Weaving) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
- n. the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
- v. sew a seam by folding the edges
- adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
- n. the act of felling something (as a tree)
- v. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
- v. pass away rapidly
- n. seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
- From Middle English fel, fell ("strong, fierce, terrible, cruel, angry"), from Old English *fel, *felo, *fæle ("cruel, savage, fierce") (only in compounds, wælfel (“bloodthirsty”), ealfelo (“evil, baleful”), ælfæle (“very dire”), etc.), from Proto-Germanic *faliz, *felaz (“wicked, cruel, terrifying”), from Proto-Indo-European *pol- (“to pour, flow, swim, fly”). Cognate with Old Frisian fal ("cruel"), Old Dutch fel ("wrathful, cruel, bad, base"), Danish fæl ("disgusting, hideous, ghastly, grim"), Middle High German vālant ("imp"). See felon. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fellen, from Old English fellan, fyllan.Middle English fel, from Old French, variant of felon; see felon1.Middle English fel, from Old English fell; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.Middle English fel, from Old Norse fell, fjall, mountain, hill. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“His kindness fell but hardly on the homeless, fell but hardly on the homes where the hearth was not very warm, and where the food had little fragrance; where the human faces had had no sunshine in them, but rather the leaden, blank-eyed gaze of unexpectant want.”
“About this time, too, I fell in love -- yes, _fell_ in love; for I just beheld the fair object, and I was a dead man, or a new man, or anything you will.”
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“When his brother died childless, the title fell to him.”
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