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fell

play
noun \ˈfel\

Definition of fell

  1. 1 :  skin, hide, pelt

  2. 2 :  a thin tough membrane covering a carcass directly under the hide



Origin of fell

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fel skin, Latin pellis


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Fur and Leather Terms

Rhymes with fell


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fell

verb

Simple Definition of fell

  • : to cut down (a tree)

  • : to beat or knock down (someone or something)

Full Definition of fell

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cut, knock, or bring down <fell a tree> b :  kill

  3. 2 :  to sew (a seam) by folding one raw edge under the other and sewing flat on the wrong side

fell·able play \ˈfe-lə-bəl\ adjective
fell·er noun

Examples of fell

  1. using an ax to fell a tree

  2. He's strong enough to fell an ox.



Origin of fell

Middle English, from Old English fellan; akin to Old English feallan to fall — more at fall


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Handicraft Terms


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fell

Definition of fell

  1. past of fall




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fell

adjective

Simple Definition of fell

  • : very fierce or cruel

Full Definition of fell

  1. 1 a :  fierce, cruel, terrible b :  sinister, malevolent <a fell purpose> c :  very destructive :  deadly <a fell disease>

  2. 2 Scottish :  sharp, pungent

fell·ness noun
fel·ly play \ˈfel-lē\ adverb

Examples of fell

  1. <planning in the event that the enemy resorted to biological warfare and released some fell virus on the civilian population>

  2. <Captain Cook died in a scuffle with some fell natives of the Hawaiian Islands.>



Origin of fell

Middle English fel, from Anglo-French — more at felon


First Known Use: 14th century


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fell

noun

Definition of fell

dial British

  1. :  a high barren field or moor



Origin of fell

Middle English, from Old Norse fell, fjall mountain; akin to Old High German felis rock


First Known Use: 14th century




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