from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rim or a section of the rim of a wheel supported by spokes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The outer rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.
- adv. Fiercely, harshly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a fell or cruel manner; fiercely; barbarously; savagely.
- n. The exterior wooden rim, or a segment of the rim, of a wheel, supported by the spokes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The circular rim of a wheel, into which the outer ends of the spokes are inserted; in the plural, the curved pieces of wood which, joined together by dowel-pins, form the circumference or circular rim of a cart- or carriage-wheel, each receiving the end of at least one spoke.
- In a fell manner; cruelly; grimly; fiercely; ruthlessly.
- A dialectal variant of fallow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted
Middle English felie, felwe, from Old English felg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English fely, from Old English felge, dative of felg, from Proto-Germanic *felgōn (cf. East Frisian feelge, Dutch velg, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥g̑ʰ- (cf. Polish płoza 'sliding iron', Old Church Slavonic plĭzati 'to creep, crawl'). (Wiktionary)
From fell + -ly. (Wiktionary)