felting

[fel-ting]

Origin:
1680–90; felt2 + -ing1

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felt

1 [felt]
verb
simple past tense and past participle of feel.

felt

2 [felt]
noun
1.
a nonwoven fabric of wool, fur, or hair, matted together by heat, moisture, and great pressure.
2.
any article made of this material, as a hat.
3.
any matted fabric or material, as a mat of asbestos fibers, rags, or old paper, used for insulation and in construction.
adjective
4.
pertaining to or made of felt.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make into felt; mat or press together.
6.
to cover with or as with felt.
verb (used without object)
7.
to become matted together.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Filz; see filter

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felt1 (fɛlt)
 
vb
the past tense and past participle of feel

felt2 (fɛlt)
 
n
1.  a.  a matted fabric of wool, hair, etc, made by working the fibres together under pressure or by heat or chemical action
 b.  (as modifier): a felt hat
2.  any material, such as asbestos, made by a similar process of matting
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make into or cover with felt
4.  (intr) to become matted
 
[Old English; related to Old Saxon filt, Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to beat, Greek pelas close; see anvil, filter]

felting (ˈfɛltɪŋ)
 
n
1.  felted material; felt
2.  the process of making felt
3.  materials for making felt

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felt
O.E. felt, from W.Gmc. *feltaz (cf. M.Du. vilt, O.H.G. filz, Da. filt), from P.Gmc. *peltaz "something beaten," from PIE *peldos- (cf. O.C.S. plusti), with a sense of "beating."
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Example sentences
Learn about the different needles and different techniques of needle felting to create dimension.
Woven of the finest felting wool, usually dyed in the raw, but always made in a wide width.
Mercuric nitrate was used to soften animal hair in the felting process.
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