- simple past tense of fall.
- to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall: to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
- Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.
- Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down in one season.
- Sewing. a seam finished by felling.
Origin of fell2
Examples from the Web for felled
To make room for these plantations, vast areas of rainforest are felled, which leads to primary and secondary loss of species.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
July 11, 2014
Was the majority leader a martyr for his party, felled by the revolution he led?Republicans Panicked After Eric Cantor Loss: ‘This Is Like Robespierre’
Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak
June 11, 2014
If Conyers doesn't make the ballot, he would be the second Michigan incumbent to be felled by these issues in the past two years.After 49 Years In Congress, John Conyers May Not Make The Ballot
May 2, 2014
The guns raised in unison, the sighting of the game, the rounds of shots, the thud as a prey is felled, and then the silence.The Final Shoot: How an English Country Novel Set in 1913 Explains 2013
November 30, 2013
Anyone who had been part of that now felled system had wisely run for the hills.I Watched Iraq Fall
Janine di Giovanni
March 17, 2013
Then he dealt him a straight blow in the face that felled him like an ox.The Hunted Outlaw
And of a sudden he struck a blow at the youth that might have felled an ox.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The apse, the last pillars, the giant piers themselves were felled!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Dennis dealt him a blow upon the face which felled him to the ground.Barnaby Rudge
It reminded her of the day when he had felled Jacob Trenager.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- to cut or knock downto fell a tree; to fell an opponent
- needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
- US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
- a seam finished by felling
- archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
- archaic destructive or deadlya fell disease
- one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence
- the past tense of fall
- an animal skin or hide
- (often plural) Northern English and Scot
- a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
- (in combination)fell-walking
Word Origin and History for felled
"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."
Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).
"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.)).
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.
"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."
Idioms and Phrases with felled
see one fell swoop.