1. Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous. "While we devise fell tortures for thy faults." (Shak)

2. Eager; earnest; intent. "I am so fell to my business." (Pepys)

Origin: 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.

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." (Shak)

Origin: AS. Fell; akin to D. Vel, OHG. Fel, G. Fell, Icel. Fell (in comp), Goth fill in orutsfill leprosy, L. Pellis skin, G. Cf. Film, Peel, Pell.


The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes, when the ore is sorted by sifting.

(01 Mar 1998)

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