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Explanation of fell by Wordnet Dictionary

fell


    Verb
    1. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

    2. sew a seam by folding the edges

    3. pass away rapidly

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

    Noun
    1. the act of felling something ( as a tree )

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

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



    Definition of fell by GCIDE Dictionary

    fell


    1. Fall ( fal ), v. i. [imp. Fell ( fĕl ); p. p. Fallen ( fal'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr. σφάλλειν to cause to fall, Skr. sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to fall.]
      1. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, “the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.”

      I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke x. 18.

      2. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, “a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.”

      I fell at his feet to worship him. Rev. xix. 10.

      3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; -- with into; as, “the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean”.

      4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.

      A thousand shall fall at thy side. Ps. xci. 7.

      He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell. Byron.

      5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, “the wind falls”.

      6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of the young of certain animals. Shak.

      7. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, “the price falls; stocks fell two points.”

      I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now

      To be thy lord and master. Shak.

      The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished. Sir J. Davies.

      8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.

      Heaven and earth will witness,

      If Rome must fall, that we are innocent. Addison.

      9. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin.

      Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Heb. iv. 11.

      10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, “to fall into error; to fall into difficulties”.

      11. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; -- said of the countenance.

      Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Gen. iv. 5.

      I have observed of late thy looks are fallen. Addison.

      12. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, “our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes”.

      13. To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, “to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation.”

      14. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.

      The Romans fell on this model by chance. Swift.

      Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall. Ruth. iii. 18.

      They do not make laws, they fall into customs. H. Spencer.

      15. To come; to occur; to arrive.

      The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner. Holder.

      16. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, “they fell to blows”.

      They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul. Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

      17. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, “the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.”

      18. To belong or appertain.

      If to her share some female errors fall,

      Look on her face, and you'll forget them all. Pope.

      19. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, “an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.”

      To fall abroad of ( Naut. ), to strike against; -- applied to one vessel coming into collision with another. -- To fall among, to come among accidentally or unexpectedly. -- To fall astern ( Naut. ), to move or be driven backward; to be left behind; as, a ship falls astern by the force of a current, or when outsailed by another. -- To fall away. To lose flesh; to become lean or emaciated; to pine. To renounce or desert allegiance; to revolt or rebel. To renounce or desert the faith; to apostatize. “These . . . for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.” Luke viii. 13. To perish; to vanish; to be lost. “How . . . can the soul . . . fall away into nothing?” Addison. To decline gradually; to fade; to languish, or become faint. “One color falls away by just degrees, and another rises insensibly.” Addison. -- To fall back. To recede or retreat; to give way. Fall ( fal ), v. i. [imp. Fell ( fĕl ); p. p. Fallen ( fal'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.] [AS. feallan; akin to D.. vallen,
      OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr. σφάλλειν to cause to fall, Skr. sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to fall.]
      1. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, “the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.”

      I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke x. 18.

      2. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, “a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.”

      I fell at his feet to worship him. Rev. xix. 10.

      3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; -- with into; as, “the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean”.

      4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.

      A thousand shall fall at thy side. Ps. xci. 7.

      He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell. Byron.

      5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, “the wind falls”.

      6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of the young of certain animals. Shak.

      7. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, “the price falls; stocks fell two points.”

      I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now

      To be thy lord and master. Shak.

      The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished. Sir J. Davies.

      8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.

      Heaven and earth will witness,

      If Rome must fall, that we are innocent. Addison.

      9. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin.

      Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Heb. iv. 11.

      10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, “to fall into error; to fall into difficulties”.

      11. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; -- said of the countenance.

      Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Gen. iv. 5.

      I have observed of late thy looks are fallen. Addison.

      12. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, “our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes”.

      13. To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, “to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation.”

      14. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.

      The Romans fell on this model by chance. Swift.

      Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall. Ruth. iii. 18.

      They do not make laws, they fall into customs. H. Spencer.

      15. To come; to occur; to arrive.

      The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner. Holder.

      16. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, “they fell to blows”.

      They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul. Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

      17. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, “the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.”

      18. To belong or appertain.

      If to her share some female errors fall,

      Look on her face, and you'll forget them all. Pope.

      19. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, “an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.”

      To fall abroad of ( Naut. ), to strike against; -- applied to one vessel coming into collision with another. -- To fall among, to come among accidentally or unexpectedly. -- To fall astern ( Naut. ), to mo
    2. Fell ( fĕl ), imp. of Fall.

    3. Fell, a. [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. Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous.

      While we devise fell tortures for thy faults. Shak.

      2. Eager; earnest; intent. [Obs.]

      I am so fell to my business. Pepys.

    4. Fell, n. [Cf. L. fel gall, bile, or E. fell, a.] Gall; anger; melancholy. [Obs.]

      Untroubled of vile fear or bitter fell. Spenser.

    5. Fell, n. [AS. fell; akin to D. vel, OHG. fel, G. fell, Icel. fell ( in comp. ), Goth fill in þrutsfill leprosy, L. pellis skin, Gr. πέλλα. Cf. Film, Peel, Pell, n.] A skin or hide of a beast with the wool or hair on; a pelt; -- used chiefly in composition, as woolfell.

      We are still handling our ewes, and their fells, you know, are greasy. Shak.

    6. Fell , n. [Icel. fell, fjally; akin to Sw. fjäll a ridge or chain of mountains, Dan. fjeld mountain, rock and prob. to G. fels rock, or perh. to feld field, E. field.]
      1. A barren or rocky hill. T. Gray.

      2. A wild field; a moor. Dryton.

    7. Fell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Felled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Felling.] [AS. fellan, a causative verb fr. feallan to fall; akin to D. vellen, G. fällen, Icel. fella, Sw. fälla, Dan. fælde. See Fall, v. i.] To cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down.

      Stand, or I'll fell thee down. Shak.

    8. Fell, n. ( Mining ) The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting.

    9. Fell, v. t. [Cf. Gael. fill to fold, plait, Sw. fåll a hem.] To sew or hem; -- said of seams.

    10. Fell, n.
      1. ( Sewing ) A form of seam joining two pieces of cloth, the edges being folded together and the stitches taken through both thicknesses.

      2. ( Weaving ) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.