a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
mat together and make felt-like
"felt the wool"
cover with felt
"felt a cap"
felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, matte, mat(verb)
change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
"The fabric felted up after several washes"
imp. & p. p. / a. from Feel
a cloth or stuff made of matted fibers of wool, or wool and fur, fulled or wrought into a compact substance by rolling and pressure, with lees or size, without spinning or weaving
a hat made of felt
a skin or hide; a fell; a pelt
to make into felt, or a feltike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together
to cover with, or as with, felt; as, to felt the cylinder of a steam emgine
Origin: [AS. felt; akin to D. vilt, G. filz, and possibly to Gr. hair or wool wrought into felt, L. pilus hair, pileus a felt cap or hat.]
Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any colour, and made into any shape or size. Many cultures have legends as to the origins of feltmaking. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of feltmaking was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash. The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks. Feltmaking is still practised by nomadic peoples in Central Asia, where rugs, tents and clothing are regularly made. Some of these are traditional items, such as the classic yurt, while others are designed for the tourist market, such as decorated slippers. In the Western world, felt is widely used as a medium for expression in textile art as well as design, where it has significance as an ecological textile.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
felt, pa.t. and pa.p. of Feel.
felt, n. a fabric formed without weaving, by means of the natural tendency of the fibres of wool and certain kinds of hair to interlace with and cling to each other.—v.t. to make into felt: to cover with felt.—v.t. Felt′er, to mat together like felt.—n. Felt′ing, the art or process of making felt: the felt itself. [A.S. felt; cf. Dut. vilt, Ger. filz.]
A type of product and textile created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles and used for a variety of purposes.
Felt is used in arts and crafts, toys, rugs, tents, footwear and clothing.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'felt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #298
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'felt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #778
The numerical value of felt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of felt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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Translations for felt
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- филцова шапка, филцBulgarian
- feltreCatalan, Valencian
- plsťák, plstěný klobouk, plsťCzech
- filte, filthat, filtDanish
- Filz, Filzhut, filzenGerman
- huopahattu, huopa, huovittaaFinnish
- feutre, feutrineFrench
- filc, nemezkalap, nemezHungarian
- フェルト, 羅紗Japanese
- FilzLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- filt, filthattNorwegian
- фетр, войлокRussian
- filc, филц, пуст, pusteni šešir, pustSerbo-Croatian
- fötr, aba, kiyiz, keçeTurkish
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