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felt Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
  2. verb mat together and make felt-like
    • felt the wool
  3. verb cover with felt
    • felt a cap
  4. verb change texture so as to become matted and felt-like
    mat up; mat; matte up; matt-up; matte; felt up.
    • The fabric felted up after several washes
  5. verb undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
    feel; experience.
    • She felt resentful
    • He felt regret
  6. verb come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
    feel; find.
    • I feel that he doesn't like me
    • I find him to be obnoxious
    • I found the movie rather entertaining
  7. verb perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    feel; sense.
    • He felt the wind
    • She felt an object brushing her arm
    • He felt his flesh crawl
    • She felt the heat when she got out of the car
  8. verb be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state
    • My cold is gone--I feel fine today
    • She felt tired after the long hike
    • She felt sad after her loss
  9. verb have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
    • She felt small and insignificant
    • You make me feel naked
    • I made the students feel different about themselves
  10. verb undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"
    • her fingers felt their way through the string quartet
    • she felt his contempt of her
  11. verb be felt or perceived in a certain way
    • The ground feels shaky
    • The sheets feel soft
  12. verb grope or feel in search of something
    • He felt for his wallet
  13. verb examine by touch
    feel; finger.
    • Feel this soft cloth!
    • The customer fingered the sweater
  14. verb examine (a body part) by palpation
    palpate; feel.
    • The nurse palpated the patient's stomach
    • The runner felt her pulse
  15. verb find by testing or cautious exploration
    • He felt his way around the dark room
  16. verb produce a certain impression
    • It feels nice to be home again
  17. verb pass one's hands over the sexual organs of
    • He felt the girl in the movie theater

  1. imp. & p. p. ∨ a. from Feel.
Felt noun
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.
  1. 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. Shak
  2. A hat made of felt. Thynne.
  3. A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt. Obs.
    To know whether sheep are sound or not, see that the felt be loose. Mortimer.
Felt transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Felted; present participle & verbal noun Felting
  1. To make into felt, or a feltike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together. Sir M. Hale.
  2. To cover with, or as with, felt; as, to felt the cylinder of a steam emgine.

Webster 1913

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