Even as we mourn the felling of Spain, let us celebrate the Dutch.
No restrictions, even on the felling of forests, were imposed, so that the hill-sides and valleys were cleared at will.
Crane struck him over the head with his pistol, felling him to the ground.
“Look out for tricks,” counseled Vittum, getting over the guard of an antagonist and felling him.
All these are operations preliminary to the felling of trees.
Two small gangs of men were at work, one felling, the other lopping.
"We are," said Rodman, dealing him a blow with the butt of his pistol and felling him.
Their chief employment is felling timber, but they sometimes work in areca nut gardens and gather wild cardamoms, pepper, etc.
Brushing the dense undergrowth and then felling the timber at a face costs from £1 10s.
Very little timber was, according to his account, fit for felling!
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.).
"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."
"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.)).