Origin of felting
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of felt2
Related Words for feltingdishevel, entangle, twine, entwine, twist, snarl, braid, tangle, weave, felt
Examples from the Web for felting
Historical Examples of felting
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
The fulling of flannels and broadcloths is effected by the felting principle.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry
Ammonia has not so strong a felting action as the other alkalies.The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics
It is no wonder that such "dead wool" will be badly adapted for felting.The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing
- a matted fabric of wool, hair, etc, made by working the fibres together under pressure or by heat or chemical action
- (as modifier)a felt hat
Word Origin for felt
"to make into felt," early 14c. (implied in felted); see felt (n.).
past tense and past participle of feel (v.).
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)).