• WordNet 3.6
    • v felt change texture so as to become matted and felt-like "The fabric felted up after several washes"
    • v felt cover with felt "felt a cap"
    • v felt mat together and make felt-like "felt the wool"
    • n felt a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Both felt desperately uncomfortable Both felt desperately uncomfortable
He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself
He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes
He felt at once that Joseph was a man to be trusted He felt at once that Joseph was a man to be trusted

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Early sewing machines were destroyed by mobs or workers who felt their jobs were threatened by automation
    • Felt imp. & p. p. or a. from Feel.
    • Felt 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. "It were a delicate stratagem to shoe
      A troop of horse with felt."
    • Felt A hat made of felt.
    • Felt A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt. "To know whether sheep are sound or not, see that the felt be loose."
    • Felt To cover with, or as with, felt; as, to felt the cylinder of a steam engine.
    • Felt To make into felt, or a feltike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, hence the name, St. Petersburg. But it wasn't always that simple. In 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Russian leaders felt that Petersburg was too German-sounding. So they changed the name of the city to Petrograd -to make it more Russian-sounding. Then, in 1924, the country's Soviet Communist leaders wanted to honor the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir I. Lenin. The city of Petrograd became Leningrad and was known as Leningrad until 1991 when the new Russian legislators -no longer Soviet Communists -wanted the city to reflect their change of government.
    • n felt An unwoven fabric of short hair or wool, or of wool and fur, agglutinated or matted together, with the aid usually of moisture and heat, by rolling, beating, and pressure. The property of felting results chiefly from the serrated or jagged structure of wool and most hairs, as well as from the crimped or wavy form natural to some animal fibers. The making of felt is thought to have originated at a very early date in the western part of Asia, and the best and most durable felt is still made in Persia and the neighboring countries. Felt floor-mats an inch or more thick and of admirable texture and printed in rich designs in color are used upon marble and tiled floors in Persia. (See numud.) In Europe, throughout the middle ages and later, felt was a usual material for hats, and was also used for stuffing or bombasting garments for both defense and fashion. Felt is now in general use not only for hats, but for clothing and upholstery, carpets, table-covers, and mats, jackets for steam-boilers, etc., and lining for roofs and walls. Broadcloth and other fulled woolen fabrics are partially felted by the process of fulling; and the familiar shrinkage of woolen garments in washing results from an unsought felting, which draws the fibers of the fabric closer together.
    • n felt A piece of this material; some article of wearing-apparel made of it; specifically, a hat made of felted wool.
    • n felt A thick matted growth of weeds, spreading by their roots.
    • n felt Fell; skin.
    • n felt A fabric made of hair, or asbestos and hair, sometimes saturated with a lime cement, used on steam-pipes and -boilers as a non-conducting covering.
    • n felt A compound of liquid cement and animal or vegetable fiber, applied with a brush for the same purpose.
    • felt To mat (fibers) together, as in the manufacture of felt; make into felt or something resembling felt.
    • felt To cover with felt, as the cylinder of a steamengine.
    • felt To become felted; mat together.
    • felt Preterit and past participle of feel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.
    • pa.t., pa.p Felt felt of Feel.
    • n Felt felt 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 Felt to make into felt: to cover with felt
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  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.”
  • Michelangelo
    “I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.”
  • Douglas Fairbanks
    Douglas Fairbanks
    “I've never felt better.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
  • A. Neilen
    A. Neilen
    “If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.”
  • Akeem Olajuwon
    Akeem Olajuwon
    “I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.”


Have your collar felt - (UK) If someone has their collar felt, they are arrested.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

A strange shiver ran down his spine, and the hair on his head felt alive.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She, young as she was, had thought much, and felt deeply the sufferings of her class.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
She loved him, and she felt that Francesca had caged him, as Francesca herself had once felt.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
No words can describe the shame I felt at the time.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
The young lady felt this delight: she felt more, she experienced the soothing influence of nature's sweet converse.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
Ellen's heart was easily touched this morning; she felt for him very much.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
This the General felt.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But he felt the fear all around him just as he felt the wind.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Simon felt cold fear sweep away the sick pity he had felt for the executed Roman delegation.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

The leaf-shelter'd lily,
Pale "flow'r of the vale,"
The love-plaint felt
Of the nightingale;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Forever nameless
Forever unknwon
Forever unconceived
Forever unrepresented
yet forever felt in the soul.
"Belief" by D H Lawrence
Then you mutely gave your warning
And I felt the stress
Of its passion and its presage
And its utterness.
"The Apparition" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Not a vain and cold ideal,
Not a poet's dream alone,
But a presence warm and real,
Seen and felt and known.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
From loneliness to loneliness
I felt my spirit grope--
At last I knew the uttermost,
The loneliness of hope.
"The Ghost's Story" by Duncan Campbell Scott
If only Mr. Roosevelt
Knew how officers in the blues felt,
He wouldn’t be so rife
With his Strenuous Life.
"Clerihew – Roosevelt" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley

In news:

After visiting countless US cities and an impoverished community in Peru, Douglas felt the necessity to improve her hometown.
After visiting some fitted kitchens of my friends (and inspired by the print below), I felt compelled to purchase a cast iron skillet to supplement my collection of pots and pans.
Felt two aftershocks while I was there (horizontal shifting).
Fighting for PBS, with felt and fur.
With thousands of jobs at stake, he said he felt a responsibility to help Chesapeake Energy Corp.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks felt as if they should be preparing to play Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, not cleaning out their lockers and meeting with the media Wednesday.
I remember thinking at the time that it felt like a one-liner, the kind of thing you would tweet.
And I saw things there that were so remarkable, it felt surreal to stand in their presence.
Co-defendant : Secretary felt mistreated, proposed secrets theft.
Two years ago, parity was the theme on the men's AVP beach volleyball tour, when several different two-man teams took home championships among the 14 tournaments and a whole lot more felt they could have won.
Opening this bottle felt like the act of an eternal optimist.
I believe Ms Fjellman, and indeed, virtually all of the other letter writers who felt the members of the Sheriff's Office should have stayed silent, have missed the fairly obvious common thread in the deputies' letters.
That's what Joan Burnett felt whenever she made a cold sales call.
From the moment I met Tomeu, I could see he knew who he was and felt fine being on a long journey with his camera.
After this appraisal aired, we received an email from a viewer who felt the descriptive caption on this gun was incorrect, and that instead of being called a pistol it should have been called a revolver.

In science:

The effect of this mutation may be felt by the individual at all ages equal to or above the numerical order of that locus in the word.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
For reasons that will become clear as we go on, we felt it may be prudent to compare the results of the model defined by the buoyancy recipe in Section 2.1 (hereby Model 1) with that of another model, the details of which follows.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
In these models and at large ”time” the average connectivity becomes stationary, except for the tail where finite size (time!) corrections are felt. A repeated use of such a growing network algorithm defines a statistical ensemble and, with this strategy, it is not difficult to produce non-degenerate graphs only.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs
We felt that a calibration covering a larger range in spectral type would have wider application.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
We felt it would be important to estimate the MV of possibly evolved ob jects from their W71 and W74 using the calibration derived in the present work.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars