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fell1

[fel] /fɛl/
verb
1.
simple past tense of fall.

fell2

[fel] /fɛl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall:
to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
2.
Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.
noun
3.
Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down in one season.
4.
Sewing. a seam finished by felling.
Origin of fell2
900
before 900; Middle English fellen, Old English fellan, causative of feallan to fall; cognate with Gothic falljan to cause to fall
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Examples from the Web for felled
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  • The trees were abundant; they could be felled by the help of fire and an axe, and the lake dwelling gave a secure defence.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • And of a sudden he struck a blow at the youth that might have felled an ox.

  • Jim sat on the trunk of a felled tree, and pulling out his pipe began to smoke.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • The apse, the last pillars, the giant piers themselves were felled!

  • The monkey-faced polypus replied not a word, but delivered a right-hander that might have felled a small horse.

    The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for felled

fell1

/fɛl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cut or knock down: to fell a tree, to fell an opponent
2.
(needlework) to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
noun
3.
(US & Canadian) the timber felled in one season
4.
a seam finished by felling
Derived Forms
fellable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall

fell2

/fɛl/
adjective
1.
(archaic) cruel or fierce; terrible
2.
(archaic) destructive or deadly: a fell disease
3.
one fell swoop, a single hasty action or occurrence
Derived Forms
fellness, noun
Word Origin
C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1

fell3

/fɛl/
verb
1.
the past tense of fall

fell4

/fɛl/
noun
1.
an animal skin or hide
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1

fell5

/fɛl/
noun
1.
(often pl) (Northern English & Scot)
  1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
  2. (in combination): fell-walking
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
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Word Origin and History for felled

fell

v.

Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) "make fall, cause to fall," also "strike down, demolish, kill," from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.

Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).

adj.

"cruel," late 13c., from Old French fel "cruel, fierce, vicious," from Medieval Latin fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth."

n.

"rocky hill," c.1300, from Old Norse fiall "mountain," from Proto-Germanic *felzam- "rock" (cf. German Fels "stone, rock"), from PIE root *pel(i)s- "rock, cliff."

"skin or hide of an animal," Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).

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