fell

1 [fel]
verb
simple past tense of fall.
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fell

2 [fel]
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:
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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fell1 (fɛl)
 
vb
the past tense of fall

fell2 (fɛl)
 
vb
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)
 
n
3.  (US), (Canadian) the timber felled in one season
4.  a seam finished by felling
 
[Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall]
 
'fellable2
 
adj

fell3 (fɛl)
 
adj
1.  archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
2.  archaic destructive or deadly: a fell disease
3.  one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence
 
[C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1]
 
'fellness3
 
n

fell4 (fɛl)
 
n
an animal skin or hide
 
[Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1]

fell5 (fɛl)
 
n
(Northern English), (Scot) (often plural)
 a.  a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
 b.  (in combination): fell-walking
 
[C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock]

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Word Origin & History

fell
O.E. fællan, (Mercian) fyllan (W.Saxon) "make fall," also "demolish, kill," from P.Gmc. *fallijanan (cf. O.N. fella, Du. fellen, O.H.G. fellan), causative of *fallan (O.E. feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.

fell
late 13c., from O.Fr. fel "cruel, fierce," from M.L. fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth."
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Example sentences
In the case of the wood, trees equal in amount to those felled are planted
  every year and are later harvested at maturity.
And they felled a giant that had once seemed invincible.
The summer heat engulfed towns felled by fiendish twisters.
More than five thousand trees were felled, and thousands more were damaged.
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