from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rim or a section of the rim of a wheel supported by spokes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Fiercely, harshly.
  • n. The outer rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a fell or cruel manner; fiercely; barbarously; savagely.
  • n. The exterior wooden rim, or a segment of the rim, of a wheel, supported by the spokes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a fell manner; cruelly; grimly; fiercely; ruthlessly.
  • A dialectal variant of fallow.
  • n. The circular rim of a wheel, into which the outer ends of the spokes are inserted; in the plural, the curved pieces of wood which, joined together by dowel-pins, form the circumference or circular rim of a cart- or carriage-wheel, each receiving the end of at least one spoke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted


Middle English felie, felwe, from Old English felg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English fely, from Old English felge, dative of felg, from Proto-Germanic *felgōn (cf. East Frisian feelge, Dutch velg, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥g̑ʰ- (cf. Polish płoza 'sliding iron', Old Church Slavonic plĭzati 'to creep, crawl'). (Wiktionary)
From fell +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)



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