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felt1

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

felt2

[felt] /fɛlt/
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 of felt2
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Filz; see filter
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Examples from the Web for felted
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  • They are felted with the fibers of the goods and add weight and firmness.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • She thrust her feet into a pair of felted slippers, and descended to his door.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Steam jackets should be lagged or felted to prevent condensation.

  • The earliest civilizations plaited, span, wove, and felted them.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Their hair was not long, but felted into wisps, and alive with vermin.

    Notes on Old Edinburgh Isabella L. Bird
  • The nest was felted with cow's hair, and quite impenetrable to shot.

  • BR, is the block rail, felted on the side next to the jack which strikes against it when thrown from nose.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Woolens, and sometimes worsteds, are next "fulled" or felted by being run round and round in a machine while moistened with soap.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Under the term "textile" are included the fibrous substances that can be spun into threads, and woven or felted into cloth.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • The nests are very compactly made of fibres and grasses, felted together, and lined with hair.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for felted

felt1

/fɛlt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of feel

felt2

/fɛlt/
noun
1.
  1. a matted fabric of wool, hair, etc, made by working the fibres together under pressure or by heat or chemical action
  2. (as modifier): a felt hat
2.
any material, such as asbestos, made by a similar process of matting
verb
3.
(transitive) to make into or cover with felt
4.
(intransitive) to become matted
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Saxon filt, Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to beat, Greek pelas close; see anvil, filter
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Word Origin and History for felted

felt

v.1

"to make into felt," early 14c. (implied in felted); see felt (n.).

felt

v.2

past tense and past participle of feel (v.).

felt

n.

Old English felt, from West Germanic *feltaz "something beaten, compressed wool" (cf. Old Saxon filt, Middle Dutch vilt, Old High German filz, German Filz, Danish filt), from Proto-Germanic *felt- "to beat," from PIE *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (cf. Old Church Slavonic plusti), with a sense of "beating" (see pulse (n.1)).

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