What does FELL mean?

Definitions for FELL

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hide, fellnoun

    the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

  2. fell, felled seamnoun

    seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges

  3. felladjective

    the act of felling something (as a tree)

  4. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousverb

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

    "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

  5. fell, drop, strike down, cut downverb

    cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

    "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"

  6. fly, fell, vanishverb

    pass away rapidly

    "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him"

  7. fellverb

    sew a seam by folding the edges

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FELLadjective

    Etymology: felle, Saxon.

    It seemed fury, discord, madness fell,
    Flew from his lap when he unfolds the same. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    So fellest foes,
    Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep,
    To take the one the other, by some chance,
    Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends. William Shakespeare.

    That instant was I turn’d into a hart,
    And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
    E’er since pursue me. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    I know thee, love! wild as the raging main,
    More fell than tygers on the Lybian plain. Alexander Pope, Autumn.

    Scorning all the taming arts of man,
    The keen hyena, fellest of the fell. James Thomson, Spring.

  2. Fellnoun

    The skin; the hide.

    Etymology: felle, Saxon.

    Wipe thine eye;
    The goujers shall devour them, flesh and fell,
    Ere they shall make us weep. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The time has been my senses would have cool’d
    To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair
    Would at a dismal treatise rouze and stir. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  3. Fellthe preterite of to fall.

    None on their feet might stand,
    Though standing else as rocks; but down they fell
    By thousands, angel on archangel roll’d. John Milton.

  4. To Fellverb

    Etymology: fellen, German.

    Villain, stand, or I’ll fell thee down. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Up and down he traverses his ground;
    Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again. Daniel.

    Taking the small end of his musket in his hand, he struck him on the head with the stock, and felled him. Walter Raleigh.

    His fall, for the present, struck an earthquake into all minds; nor could the vulgar be induced to believe he was felled. James Howell, Vocal Forrest.

    On their whole host I flew
    Unarm’d, and with a trivial weapon fell’d
    Their choicest youth: they only liv’d who fled. John Milton, Agon.

    Whom with such force he struck he fell’d him down,
    And cleft the circle of his golden crown. Dryden.

    I fell’d along a man of bearded face,
    His limbs all cover’d with a shining case. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    Then would he seem a farmer that would sell
    Bargains of woods, which he did lately fell. Hubb. Tale.

    Proud Arcite and fierce Palamon,
    In mortal battle, doubling blow on blow;
    Like lightning flam’d their fauchions to and fro,
    And shot a dreadful gleam; so strong they struck,
    There seem’d less force requir’d to fell an oak. Dryden.


  1. Fell

    A fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, "mountain") is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain or moor-covered hill. The term is most often employed in Fennoscandia, Iceland, the Isle of Man, parts of northern England, and Scotland.


  1. fell

    Fell is a verb that means to cut down or cause to fall, usually in reference to trees or objects. It can also refer to physically tripping or stumbling and coming to the ground unintentionally.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fell

    of Fall

  2. Fell

    imp. of Fall

  3. Felladjective

    cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous

  4. Felladjective

    eager; earnest; intent

  5. Felladjective

    gall; anger; melancholy

  6. Fellnoun

    a skin or hide of a beast with the wool or hair on; a pelt; -- used chiefly in composition, as woolfell

  7. Fellnoun

    a barren or rocky hill

  8. Fellnoun

    a wild field; a moor

  9. Fellverb

    to cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down

  10. Fellnoun

    the finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting

  11. Fellverb

    to sew or hem; -- said of seams

  12. Fellnoun

    a form of seam joining two pieces of cloth, the edges being folded together and the stitches taken through both thicknesses

  13. Fellnoun

    the end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft

  14. Etymology: [OE. fel, OF. fel cruel, fierce, perfidious; cf. AS. fel (only in comp.) OF. fel, as a noun also accus. felon, is fr. LL. felo, of unknown origin; cf. Arm fall evil, Ir. feal, Arm. falloni treachery, Ir. & Gael. feall to betray; or cf. OHG. fillan to flay, torment, akin to E. fell skin. Cf. Felon.]


  1. Fell

    A fell is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain range or moor-covered hills. The term is most often employed in Scandinavia, the Isle of Man, parts of northern England, and Scotland.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fell

    fel, n. a barren hill. [Ice. fjall; Dan. fjeld.]

  2. Fell

    fel, pa.t. of Fall.

  3. Fell

    fel, v.t. to cause to fall: to bring to the ground: to cut down.—adj. Fell′able.—n. Fell′er, a cutter of wood. [A.S. fellan, causal form of feallan, to fall.]

  4. Fell

    fel, n. a skin.—n. Fell′monger, a dealer in skins. [A.S. fel; cf. L. pellis, Gr. pella, Ger. fell.]

  5. Fell

    fel, n. (Spens.) anger, melancholy. [L. fel, bile.]

  6. Fell

    fel, adj. cruel: fierce: bloody: deadly: keen, eager, spirited: (Scot.) very great, huge.—adj. Fell′-lurking (Shak.), lurking with treacherous purpose.—n. Fell′ness.—adv. Fell′y. [O. Fr. fel, cruel—L. fello. See Felon.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FELL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fell is ranked #5414 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fell surname appeared 6,429 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Fell.

    92.2% or 5,930 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 227 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 147 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 81 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FELL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #972

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FELL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1572

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FELL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FELL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of FELL in a Sentence

  1. (Anon.):

    The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell upon their knees. Then they fell upon the aborigines.

  2. Donald Duncan:

    In 1997 we were the fastest growing manufacturing metro area in the country and four years later it collapsed, what you can see on the ground today is 3,000 job openings. China's emergence as the world's low-cost producer and export superpower following its World Trade Organization entry in 2001 dealt a heavy blow to traditional industrial communities such as Hickory. Economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson have tried to separate the impact of trade from other factors affecting U.S. manufacturing employment and they estimate that between 1990 and 2007 Hickory lost 16 percent of its manufacturing jobs just due to surging imports from China. DEEP SCARS. Buffeted by other headwinds, such as the 1994 North American Free Trade agreement and the lifting of textile quotas in 2004, the area lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs overall, half the total, between 2000 and 2009. Nationally, more than 5 million manufacturing jobs have disappeared since 2000, a period that also included the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The collapse left deep and still visible scars that help explain the appeal of Trump's pledge to bring back manufacturing's glory days. In Hickory, disability rolls soared more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2014, swollen by older workers who struggled to return to the workforce. At the same time, the share of the 25-34 year old in the population fell by almost a fifth between 2000 and 2010. Consequently, even as the unemployment rate tumbled from a peak above 15 percent in 2010 to 4.6 percent today, below the national average, so did the labor force participation rate. It fell from above 68 percent in 2000 to below 59 percent in 2014. Poverty levels doubled. Yet the manufacturing upswing in areas that suffered the most during the downturn is evident. Rust belt states, such as Michigan, Indiana and Ohio that may prove pivotal in the Nov. 8 presidential election, have been adding manufacturing jobs faster than the economy as a whole. Michigan, for example, which lost nearly half of its manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009, has since then seen a 25 percent rise, well above the 4 percent gain nationally. Manufacturing employment there is still well below the levels in the 1990s. Economists debate whether returning to that level is realistic given technological advances that have reduced manufacturing's share of the workforce from a high of above 30 percent in the 1950s to around 8 percent today. But they also feel that have already seen the bottom, particularly when it comes to China's impact.

  3. Jessica Roman:

    She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in, and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon, that was the longest, strangest, craziest two seconds of my life.

  4. Gregory Margolin:

    A missile fell and the house was destroyed. We were attacked, a missile fell. I remember.

  5. Prince Harry:

    The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, this beautiful woman just tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life. I know that she will be unbelievably good at the job part of it as well.

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