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felting

[fel-ting] /ˈfɛl tɪŋ/
noun
1.
felted material, either woven or felt fabric.
2.
the act or process of making felt.
3.
the materials of which felt is made.
Origin of felting
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90; felt2 + -ing1

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
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Filz; see filter
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Examples from the Web for felting
Historical Examples
  • The chief characteristic of wool is its felting or shrinking power.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • Glueing and felting play an important part in the work of the weavers.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • The fulling of flannels and broadcloths is effected by the felting principle.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Ammonia has not so strong a felting action as the other alkalies.

  • It is no wonder that such "dead wool" will be badly adapted for felting.

  • We will now see what the effect of water is in the felting operation.

  • An insect excellently equipped for gathering and felting cotton is ill-equipped for cutting leaves, kneading mud or mixing resin.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • The wool fiber is distinguished by its scale-like surface which gives it its felting and spinning properties.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • This property, known as "felting," gives to wool a great part of its value, and is its chief distinction from hair.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • Thus the principles involved in felting are also applied in the manipulation of long fibre fabrics.

British Dictionary definitions for felting

felting

/ˈfɛltɪŋ/
noun
1.
felted material; felt
2.
the process of making felt
3.
materials for making felt

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 felting

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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