Definitions

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

  • n. A fabric of matted, compressed animal fibers, such as wool or fur, sometimes mixed with vegetable or synthetic fibers.
  • n. A material resembling this fabric.
  • n. Something made of this fabric.
  • adj. Made of, relating to, or resembling felt.
  • transitive v. To make into felt.
  • transitive v. To cover with felt.
  • transitive v. To press or mat (something) together.
  • intransitive v. To become like felt; mat together.
  • v. Past tense and past participle of feel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cloth or stuff made of matted fibres 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.
  • n. A hat made of felt.
  • n. A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt.
  • v. To make into felt, or a feltlike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together.
  • v. To cover with, or as if with, felt.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of feel.
  • adj. That has been experienced or perceived.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. or a. from feel.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A hat made of felt.
  • n. A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt.
  • transitive v. To make into felt, or a feltike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together.
  • transitive v. To cover with, or as with, felt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A piece of this material; some article of wearing-apparel made of it; specifically, a hat made of felted wool.
  • n. A thick matted growth of weeds, spreading by their roots.
  • n. Fell; skin.
  • n. 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. A compound of liquid cement and animal or vegetable fiber, applied with a brush for the same purpose.
  • To mat (fibers) together, as in the manufacture of felt; make into felt or something resembling felt.
  • To cover with felt, as the cylinder of a steamengine.
  • To become felted; mat together.
  • Preterit and past participle of feel.

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

  • v. mat together and make felt-like
  • v. change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
  • v. cover with felt
  • n. a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English felt, from Proto-Germanic *feltaz (compare Dutch vilt, German Filz, Danish filt), from Proto-Indo-European *pilto, *pilso 'felt' (compare Latin pilleus ("felt") (adj.), Old Church Slavonic plŭstĭ, Albanian plis, Ancient Greek πῖλος (pilos)), from *pel- 'to beat'. More at anvil. (Wiktionary)
Old English fēled, corresponding to feel +‎ -ed. (Wiktionary)

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