• "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
    "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fell (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"
    • v fell cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow "strike down a tree","Lightning struck down the hikers"
    • v fell sew a seam by folding the edges
    • v fell pass away rapidly "Time flies like an arrow","Time fleeing beneath him"
    • n fell the act of felling something (as a tree)
    • n fell seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
    • n fell the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Felling Red Spruce with a Saw Felling Red Spruce with a Saw
A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet,...
Splash! Splash! They Fell Into the Ditch Splash! Splash! They Fell Into the Ditch
Fell' Types Fell' Types
"The school fell over benches and over one another." "The school fell over benches and over one another."
How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived
    • Fell imp. of Fall.
    • Fell A barren or rocky hill.
    • Fell (Sewing) A form of seam joining two pieces of cloth, the edges being folded together and the stitches taken through both thicknesses.
    • n Fell 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."
    • Fell A wild field; a moor.
    • Fell Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous. "While we devise fell tortures for thy faults."
    • Fell Eager; earnest; intent. "I am so fell to my business."
    • n Fell Gall; anger; melancholy. "Untroubled of vile fear or bitter fell ."
    • Fell (Weaving) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
    • n Fell (Mining) The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting.
    • v. t Fell To cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down. "Stand, or I'll fell thee down."
    • v. t Fell To sew or hem; -- said of seams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the "Princess Diaries" when the main character is talking to her friend while walking up and down a bench, she falls which portrays her clumsey character. That wasn't on purpose, though. It was raining and the bench was very slippery and she fell for real. If you watch that scene, it will make perfect sense consdering the way they were laughing and how the princess told her friend to keep talking. The director liked it, so he kept it.
    • fell To cause to fall; throw down; cut down; bring to the ground, either by cutting, as with ax or sword, or by striking, as with a club or the fist: as, to fell trees; to fell an ox; to fell an antagonist at fisticuffs.
    • fell In sewing, to flatten on and sew down level with the cloth: as, to fell a seam.
    • fell To finish the weaving of (a web, or piece of cloth).
    • n fell A cutting down; a felling.
    • n fell In sewing, a flat, smooth seam between two pieces of a fabric, made by laying down the wider of the two edges left projecting by the joining seam over the narrower edge and hemming it down. A French fell is made by doubling inward both edges of the fabric on the line of the joining seam, and making a second seam through the folds, so as to hold the edges in.
    • n fell In weaving, the line of termination of a web in the process of weaving, formed by the last weft-thread driven up by the lay; the line to which the warp is at any instant wefted.
    • n fell Preterit of fall.
    • n fell The skin or hide of an animal; a pelt; hence, an integument of any kind.
    • n fell A hairy covering; a head of hair.
    • fell Of a strong and cruel nature; eager and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless.
    • fell Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; clever; as, a fell cheese; a fell bodie.
    • fell Sharply; fiercely.
    • n fell A hill, especially a rocky eminence: as, Mickle Fell, Scawfell, and Scawfell Pike, the last the highest mountain in England proper.
    • n fell A stretch of bare, elevated land; a moor; a down.
    • n fell Gall; anger; melancholy.
    • n fell In mining, one of the many names of lead ore formerly current in Derbyshire, England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 7, 1969 a meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.
    • n Fell fel a barren hill.
    • pa.t Fell fel of Fall.
    • v.t Fell fel to cause to fall: to bring to the ground: to cut down
    • n Fell fel a skin
    • n Fell fel (Spens.) anger, melancholy.
    • adj Fell fel cruel: fierce: bloody: deadly: keen, eager, spirited:
    • adj Fell fel (Scot.) very great, huge
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “I don't fell good.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.”


Little strokes fell great oaks - Meaning: even though something may seem impossible, if you break it up into small parts and take one step at a time, you will succeed.
One fell swoop - If something is done at one fell swoop, it is done in a single period of activity, usually swiftly and ruthlessly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fel, cruel—L. fello. See Felon.


In literature:

I was thrown rearwards, and fell upon a moving mass.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
They had walked two miles when they fell in with three men, who seemed to know Ben well; and soon after that they met three more.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then the youth took the egg, struck it on the fairy's forehead, and she fell down dead.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
If rain fell, it was only at night.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But before the girl could answer an abrupt and unexpected interruption fell upon us.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
From his rope in an instant poor Harlequin fell.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Price broke up his camp at Osceola in haste, and fell rapidly back to Springfield.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
The regent was of the same opinion, and this desperate remedy fell to the ground.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
They came upon almost a forest of chestnut-trees, and fell upon them like locusts.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Suddenly he shook the spit from his breast and Loki fell down on the ice.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Dropping down, he waded into the water, but slipped and nearly fell.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
She then went up to Daniel, fell on her knees, and laid her head on his side.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
With such fury did he attack the enemy that they fell dead on all sides, like felled trees.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
Felled, all felled or boarded up.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Francois supposed that his companion was about to fell one of the trees.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Another moment and the man's hands relaxed entirely and fell limp and inert from her wrists.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
When his eyes fell on the writing, his hands ceased to shake, and his quick breathing fell away into a long, shuddering inspiration.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
As evening fell the woods began to echo with the roar of artillery.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
During February, 1915, the hand of tragedy fell upon the German air service.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Then a curious thing happened: the bottom of the carriage fell out, and as fast as a new one was made it fell to pieces.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various

In poetry:

And many a thousand summers
My apples ripened well,
And light from meliorating stars
With firmer glory fell.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
That's how she lost her thimble,
It fell upon the floor:
Her eyes were very nimble
But she never saw it more.
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
And many a thousand summers
My gardens ripened well,
And light from meliorating stars
With firmer glory fell.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
As it fell out upon a day,
They a did put the stane;
Full seven foot ayont them a
She gard the puttin-stane gang.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
As the deep sounds of Death arose,
Donica's cheek grew pale,
And in the arms of Eberhard
The senseless Maiden fell.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
On we stumbled in the darkness,
Oft I fell, for I was old,
Till I saw a sparkling city,
With a gate of shining gold.
"Wambala of the Streams." by R S Ward

In news:

Camas fell to Issaquah 2-1 in overtime in the 4A state semifinals.
According to CBS in San Francisco a camera fell from the sky and crashed into a house causing damaging and startling neighbors.
The Warriors improved to 11-0 with the win, while the Rams fell to 7-2-1.
A boy who fell out of a canoe and a man who tried to save him both drowned during a religious retreat at a Southeast Texas lake.
(AP) – Authorities have recovered the body of a St Paul man who fell from a canoe in an Anoka County lake.
I opened the curtain and nearly jumped out of my skin when this big tree limb fell and scrapped the window.
"We just fell in love," Louis says.
The Sikeston tennis team fell to 5-2 on the season with an 8-1 loss to Carbondale , Ill.
She practices with Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates in Amherst, and while this cardiologist fell in love with the heart, it's meeting with the patients that she enjoys the most.
In 1974, McDonald's called upon Catalana and Cumberland Dairy to pump up their production when the company's main dairy supplier fell through.
While sailing in the British Virgin Islands, the kids fell asleep on the front of the Catamaran .
The Pioneers fell 14-6 in a defensive struggle with Catawba at Shuford Stadium in Salisbury, N.C.
Cross Roads fell to 1-8 and 0-4.
Searchers find body of Union Springs man who fell in to Cayuga Lake Sunday.
Paramount Pictures' plan to remake "Footloose" fell apart faster than Reverend Moore's relationship with his daughter -- but now that they've regrouped, the studio is holding out for a hero.

In science:

Note that the fiber Ex has a natural structure of Hilbert C*-bimodule over the C*-algebras Er(x) on the left and Es(x) on the right. A Fell bundle is said to be saturated if the above Hilbert C*-bimodules Ex are full.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
Note also that in a saturated Fell bundle, the Hilbert C*-bimodules Ex are imprimitivity bimodules.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
Very interesting is the possibility to generalize our duality to a full spectral theory for non-commutative C*-categories and Fell bundles in term of endofunctors with target in the category of Fell line-bundles.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
This might be a step in order to make contact with the notion of “Fell bundle geometry” introduced by R.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics
There is the matter that fell in to make the hole, marked Q.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
For, as Immanuel Kant emphasized, otherwise one could ask “what was there before?” General relativity toppled this Newtonian paradigm in one fell swoop.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
The latest effort to improve this situation, the LANSCE measurement of the analyzing power Aγ ((cid:126)n + p → d + γ ), fell short of its goal and thus will need to be revisited when more intense neutron sources become available at the SNS.
Fundamental Symmetries and Conservation Laws
The topics that fell under this heading were rather varied.
Moriond 2009, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Theory Summary
The meteorite fell in a dry place and was collected and immediately handed to scientists for study, precluding the possibility of Terrestrial contamination.
Icy Bodies in the New Solar System
All quantities referring to their current (present-day) value are designated by a subscript “0” [or occasionally a superscript “(0)”]. 3Strictly speaking, massive neutrinos fell out of equilibrium recently when the temperature dropped below T ≤ 0.01 eV, and only photons remain relativistic today .
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Moreover, a marked evolution in the percentages of Galactic sources is apparent: Low Mass X-ray Binaries (LMXBs) fell from 43% of the 1st survey to 13% in the 4th one; a similar, albeit less sharp, reduction holds for High Mass X-ray Binaries (HMXBs).
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
Occasional interference required decreases in B, which never fell below 10 MHz, and/or increases in F , which never rose above 1410 MHz.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
Instead research areas were scrutinized by experts in various fields to determine the proportion which fell into five quality levels.
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate
Iterating this procedure 5,000 times, we kept track of the proportion of times that the outcome fell in the predetermined rejection region.
A test of significance in functional quadratic regression
Let b be the delivery the tenth wicket fell.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers