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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
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
  • 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.
  • Nearby, a large beetle ambles across a felled tree trunk.
  • Here, a spider backhoe used felled trees and blowdown to build structures.
  • Broken-off limbs that are hanging freely in the tree to be felled or in trees close by.
  • Place supporting limbs or poles under felled trees in order to avoid splitting undersides, and to prevent logs from rolling.
  • Numerous trees were felled and several outbuildings were damaged.
  • The movement of felled trees to the landing area can present hazards to employees from both skidding or cable operations.
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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