- 1 (usually be felled) Cut down (a tree).More example sentences
cut down, chop down, hack down, saw down, clear
- Up on a ridge to the right of us, someone has been felling an oak tree all day.
- He said about two-acres of mature, ash, sycamore copper beech and oak trees were felled.
- Is it true that as many as 150 Douglas Fir trees were felled?
- 1.1Knock down: strong winds felled power lines • figurative corruption that felled the financial system in ThailandMore example sentences
- In a village near Varna, the wind felled an unfinished wall, which reduced an old house to debris as it fell, said the Civil Defence.
- The wind then felled it to the ground and it landed on top of a cabin, which contained valuable equipment, and a surrounding fence.
- Thousands of residents, predominantly those already living in poverty, are now homeless after their communities were felled by the winds.
- 2 (also flat-fell) Stitch down (the edge of a seam) to lie flat: (as adjective flat-felled) a flat-felled seamMore example sentences
- A rubber mallet is surprisingly useful in flattening seams or hems on thick fabric or leather and especially on heavy flat-fell seams.
- Continue around the pockets, trimming away the thicker layers and flat-fell seams.
- Sew your seams the usual way, finish the raw edges with the serger or zigzag, press to one side, switch to top-stitching thread in the needle, and top-stitch the seams on the outside to resemble flat-felled seams.
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Old English fellan, of Germanic origin; related to fall.
- A hill or stretch of high moorland, especially in northern England: [in place names]: Cross Fell an area of fell and moorMore example sentences
- On the tops the wind blew hard but the air was clear and the views stretched far over the fells and deep into the valleys.
- Her work is influenced by the landscape, particularly the northern fells and colourful panoramas of foreign climes.
- This flora of the fells is found in upland pastures, on barren and dry soil, in heathland and on ledges.
Middle English: from Old Norse fjall, fell 'hill'.
in (or at) one fell swoop
- All at one time: nothing can topple the government in one fell swoop[from Shakespeare's Macbeth ( iv. iii. 219)]More example sentences
all at once, together, at the same time, in one go
- Freedom and privacy rarely, if ever, disappear in one fell swoop.
- And in one fell swoop, all the things I had to remember her by were gone.
- In one fell swoop fuel has been added to the fire of community disillusion with its political appointees.
Middle English: from Old French fel, nominative of felon 'wicked (person') (see felon1).