\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a cloth made of wool and fur often mixed with natural or synthetic fibers through the action of heat, moisture, chemicals, and pressure
b : a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk
2 : an article made of felt
3 : a material resembling felt: such as
a : a heavy paper of organic or asbestos fibers impregnated with asphalt and used in building construction
b : semirigid pressed fiber insulation used in building


felted; felting; felts

Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make out of or cover with felt
2 : to cause to adhere and mat together
3 : to make into felt or a similar substance


Definition of felt (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of feel

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Other Words from felt


feltlike adjective

Examples of felt in a Sentence


She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Everything many felt was taken away from the league when KD joined the Warriors is now being given back by that team itself. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Warriors Deserve to Win These NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 The furniture is covered in felt and supports clay sculptures that extrapolate on the mundane accoutrements of such a space. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The hairbrush made of fingers and other scenes from the mind of Genesis Belanger," 8 June 2019 After spending more than a decade in television on Survivor: The Australian Outback, The View, and Fox & Friends, the mom of three felt called to give her family her full attention. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Glance at Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Life With Her Husband Tim and Their 3 Kids," 26 Mar. 2019 Cat eyes can be achieved with pencil, gel, or liquid, but newbies should stick to a liquid liner in felt-tip or brush form. WSJ, "How to Master the French-Girl Cat Eye," 14 Feb. 2019 For instance, Silverman says he's treated a number of women with postpartum OCD who don’t always identify with postpartum depression, and as such felt misunderstood by their family, friends, and clinicians. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Serena Williams Explains Why She Doesn't Use the Term 'Postpartum Depression'," 3 Oct. 2018 The worst migraine felt like my head was going to explode. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 Double thick felt in the insoles mean those hardwoods won’t feel so hard anyway. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Pair of Slippers I’ll Buy," 23 Nov. 2018 Arnold uses chromatography paper, water, food coloring and a felt pen. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "1st of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons released from space," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Tiny Factory has just one large felting machine, which was custom-made in China in collaboration with an engineer. Bridget Read, Vogue, "In the Future, We’ll All Be Wearing Eileen Fisher," 29 May 2019 Highlights of the morning will include a sheep shearing demonstration at 10 a.m. Children can make a nesting ball, take home a soap felting kit and try their hand at needle felt. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 15 May 2018 The question of why a writer can make the words on the page come to felt life in one genre but not another — why the gift of expressiveness is extended here while that of appreciation goes there — this question remains unanswerable. Vivian Gornick, New York Times, "James Wood’s New Novel Confronts the Mystery of Other Minds," 14 June 2018 Meek's crew caught 1800 beavers here in 1850 alone, shipping their pelts to Europe to be felted into waterproof hats. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Another intriguing sustainability initiative comes from womenswear label Eileen Fisher, whose DesignWork project works with artists and makers to felt and stitch used garments into wall hangings, upholstery, pillows, and more. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 Bynder, a brand management company with offices in Fort Point, has devoted a big area to a pool table felted in the light blue color of the company’s logo. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Not your parents’ office? Now it is: Tech workspaces start to grow up," 5 Apr. 2018 Coming to felt like swimming up from the depths of a murky pond. Lana Hoch, Marie Claire, "I Cheated on My Boyfriend with My Rapist," 2 Feb. 2018 These fun felted wool bunnies are available sitting, lying on their backs, or holding a basket. Alejandra Bennett, Sunset, "10 Easter Decorations with a Touch of Whimsy," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of felt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for felt


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to drive, beat

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English Language Learners Definition of felt

: a soft, heavy cloth made by pressing together fibers of wool, cotton, or other materials


\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Kids Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft heavy cloth made by rolling and pressing fibers together


Kids Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of feel


Medical Definition of felt

past and past part of feel

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