- 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 felling
Even as we mourn the felling of Spain, let us celebrate the Dutch.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014
June 13, 2014
Crane struck him over the head with his pistol, felling him to the ground.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Two small gangs of men were at work, one felling, the other lopping.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
All these are operations preliminary to the felling of trees.Handwork in Wood
Girdle the tree and it will die, and save you the trouble of felling it.Expositions of Holy Scripture
"We are," said Rodman, dealing him a blow with the butt of his pistol and felling him.Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories
- a town in NE England, in Gateshead unitary authority, Tyne and Wear; formerly noted for coal mining. Pop: 34 196 (2001)
- 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 felling
"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 felling
see one fell swoop.