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fell

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noun \ˈfel\

Definition of fell

  1. 1 :  skin, hide, pelt

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

Origin and Etymology of fell

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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fell

verb

Definition of fell

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cut, knock, or bring down fell a treeb :  kill Her father was felled by a heart attack.

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

fellable

play \ˈfe-lə-bəl\ adjective

feller

noun

Examples of fell in a Sentence

  1. using an ax to fell a tree

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

Origin and Etymology of fell

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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fell

Definition of fell

  1. past tense of fall


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fell

adjective

Definition of fell

  1. 1a :  fierce, cruel, terribleb :  sinister, malevolent a fell purposec :  very destructive :  deadly a fell disease

  2. 2 Scotland :  sharp, pungent

fellness

noun

felly

play \ˈfel-lē\ adverb

Examples of fell in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

dialectal British

  1. :  a high barren field or moor

Origin and Etymology of fell

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


First Known Use: 14th century


FELL Defined for English Language Learners

fell

verb

Definition of fell for English Language Learners

  • : to cut down (a tree)

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

fell

adjective

Definition of fell for English Language Learners

  • : very fierce or cruel


FELL Defined for Kids

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fell

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verb \ˈfel\

Definition of fell for Students

felled

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felling

  1. :  to cut or knock down I felled a tree.


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fell

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Definition of fell for Students

  1. past of fall



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