1. simple past tense of fall.

verb (used with object)

  1. to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall: to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
  2. Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.


  1. Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down in one season.
  2. Sewing. a seam finished by felling.

verb (tr)

  1. to cut or knock downto fell a tree; to fell an opponent
  2. needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)


  1. US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
  2. a seam finished by felling


  1. archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
  2. archaic destructive or deadlya fell disease
  3. one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence


  1. the past tense of fall


  1. an animal skin or hide


  1. (often plural) Northern English and Scot
    1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
    2. (in combination)fell-walking

“rocky hill,” c.1300, from Old Norse fiall “mountain,” from Proto-Germanic *felzam- “rock” (cf. German Fels “stone, rock”), from PIE root *pel(i)s- “rock, cliff.”


Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).


“skin or hide of an animal,” Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).


Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) “make fall, cause to fall,” also “strike down, demolish, kill,” from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.


“cruel,” late 13c., from Old French fel “cruel, fierce, vicious,” from Medieval Latin fello “villain” (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from “Macbeth.”

see one fell swoop.

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