- To fell is to knock down, or is the past tense of "fall" and is defined as that you have fallen down.
- When a strong wind knocks down a tree, this is an example of a situation where a strong wind fells a tree.
- When you are standing upright and then you fall down, this is an example of a situation where you fell.
- to cause to fall; knock down: to fell an opponent with a blow
- to cut down (a tree or trees)
- Sewing to turn over (the rough edge of a seam) and sew down flat on the underside
Origin: Middle English fellen ; from Old English fællan, fellan (; from Germanic an unverified form falljan), causative of feallan (; from Germanic an unverified form fallan), fall
- the trees cut down in one season
- Sewing a felled seam
- fierce; terrible; cruel
- deadly: archaic except in the phrase , with a single effort or action that is completely effective, devastating, etc.
Origin: Middle English fel ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin fello: see felon
- fellness noun
- an animal's hide or skin
- a thin membrane of connective tissue under the hide
Origin: Middle English fel ; from Old English akin to German fell ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, skin, hide from source film, Classical Latin pellis, skin
- a rocky or barren hill
- a moor; down
Origin: Middle English fel ; from Scandinavian as inch(es) Old Norse fjall, mountain, akin to German fels, rock, cliff ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pels- from source Middle Irish all, crag, Classical Greek pella, stone
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
transitive verb felled, fell·ing, fells
- a. To cause to fall by striking; cut or knock down: fell a tree; fell an opponent in boxing.b. To kill: was felled by an assassin's bullet.
- To sew or finish (a seam) with the raw edges flattened, turned under, and stitched down.
- The timber cut down in one season.
- A felled seam.
Origin: Middle English fellen, from Old English fellan, fyllan.
- fellˈa·ble adjective
- Of an inhumanly cruel nature; fierce: fell hordes.
- Capable of destroying; lethal: a fell blow.
- Dire; sinister: by some fell chance.
- Scots Sharp and biting.
Origin: Middle English fel, from Old French, variant of felon; see felon1.
- fellˈness noun
- The hide of an animal; a pelt.
- A thin membrane directly beneath the hide.
Origin: Middle English fel, from Old English fell; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
noun Chiefly British
- An upland stretch of open country; a moor.
- A barren or stony hill.
Origin: Middle English fel, from Old Norse fell, fjall, mountain, hill.
fell - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of fall
- to come down because detached, pushed, dropped, etc.; move down and land forcibly: apples fall from the tree to come down suddenly from a standing or sitting position; tumble; topple; become prostrate to be wounded or killed in battle to come down in ruins; collapse: the building fell to hang down: hair falling about her shoulders
- to take a downward direction: land falling away to the sea to become lower in amount, number, degree, intensity, value, etc.; drop; abate: prices fell to lose power; be overthrown: the government has fallen to lose status, reputation, dignity, etc. to yield to temptation; do wrong; sin; specif. in earlier use (esp. of women), to lose chastity to be captured or conquered to take on a look of disappointment or dejection: his face fell to become lower in pitch or volume: her voice fell
- to take place; occur: the meeting fell on a Friday to come by lot, distribution, inheritance, etc.: the estate falls to the son to pass into a specified condition; become: to fall ill, to fall in love to come at a specified place: the accent falls on the third syllable to be directed by chance: his eye fell on a misspelled word to be spoken in an involuntary way: the news fell from his lips to be born: said of animals to be divided (into): to fall into two classes
Origin: Middle English fallen ; from Old English feallan, to fall, akin to German fallen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form phol-, to fall from source Lithuanian púolu, to fall
- a dropping; descending; coming down
- a coming down suddenly from a standing or sitting position
- a hanging down, or a part hanging down
- a downward direction or slope
- a becoming lower or less; reduction in value, price, etc.
- a lowering of the voice in pitch or volume
- a capture; overthrow; ruin
- a loss of status, reputation, etc.
- a yielding to temptation; wrongdoing; moral lapse
- a birth: said of animals
- the number of animals born at one birth; litter
- something that has fallen: a fall of leaves
- a felling of trees, or timber felled at one time
- that season of the year in which many trees lose their leaves; autumn: in the North Temperate Zone, generally regarded as including the months of September, October, and November
- the amount of what has fallen: a six-inch fall of snow
- the distance that something falls
- water falling over a cliff, etc.; cascade
- a broad, turned-down ruff or collar worn in the 17th cent.
- Now Rare a kind of veil hanging from the back of a woman's hat
- lace, ruffles, or other trimming on a dress, usually hanging from the collar
- a long tress of hair, often synthetic, used by a woman to fill out her coiffure
- Mech. the loose end of the rope, cable, etc. used in a block and tackle
- either of the lines used to lower or hoist a boat at the davits
- in a tackle (), the part of a rope between the free end and a pulley or between pulleys
- the act of holding an opponent down so that both shoulders touch the mat for a specified time period; pin
- a bout or a division of a match
Origin: < the v.
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.