Main definitions of felt in US English:

: felt1felt2

felt1

noun

  • A kind of cloth made by rolling and pressing wool or another suitable textile accompanied by the application of moisture or heat, which causes the constituent fibers to mat together to create a smooth surface.

    • ‘Two men in felt hats and raincoats cast long shadows outside what we take to be Parliament Buildings.’
    • ‘As they'd apparently taken away their tar boiler and rolls of felt, I went to put the wheelie bin back in the garage.’
    • ‘We wondered why he never took off his black felt hat all through the night.’
    • ‘In all there are ten minute top hats of black silk plush and grey felt and one black felt bowler.’
    • ‘Felt or nylon tip pens popular today control ink flow by a tip of felt or bundle of nylon fibres instead of a traditional nib.’
    • ‘It is a close-fitting red felt hat with a flattened top and a tassel worn to the side.’
    • ‘The felt trilby and cord shopper creates a mix and match look for head to toe style.’
    • ‘Key fabrics in this collection include felt and denim which she treats with dexterity and imagination.’
    • ‘But don't rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or fine piece of felt.’
    • ‘The shoes are made for just this sort of job, with a thick synthetic felt sole that grips.’
    • ‘He was sitting on a bench in the congreso hut, and had put on his dark felt hat for the occasion.’
    • ‘Turn out your cupboard for old straw sunhats, berets, baseball caps and felt hats.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make into felt; mat together.

    ‘the wood fibers are shredded and felted together’
    • ‘I thought about felting it, but I was not sure - your thoughts?’
    • ‘This was later felted over while the building was part of Ilkley College.’
    • ‘Derived from cellulose fibers that are made into pulp and felted together, paper is one of the most common of man-made materials.’
    1. 1.1 Cover with felt.
      ‘a felted roof’
      • ‘The second time, I raided my stash and tried it with some felted tweed.’
      • ‘I was careful not to agitate too much, while visions of felted cushion covers danced before me.’
      • ‘Sheepskin and cashmere pieces add texture and variety to the smoother fabrics (crepe, felted wool and leather) and the monochrome combinations are striking.’
      • ‘It had a large playground and a flat felted roof which leaked.’
      • ‘Some were built of stone or brick, with slate, timber or felted roofs, and many had grates, stoves and ovens.’
      • ‘I particularly want to make these felted flowers.’
      • ‘Of course, button-down shirts are still around in top form, but a new style of pullover is made of flannel, fleece or felted wool.’
      • ‘This is the first time the roof has been felted and I hope this demonstrates my intention to bring the building back to life.’
      • ‘I plan to make some felted things with these revitalized yarns - but I don't know what yet.’
      • ‘She said the Old Gallery, because of its once glazed roof which had been felted over, was a ‘very hard’ building to conserve.’
      • ‘The shop stocks New Zealand made hand and machine knitwear, felted hats, knitting yarns in natural and dyed colours, kitsets to knit your own, and carded or raw fleece for spinning.’
      • ‘Tightly woven wool, wool melton, felted or boiled wool, leather and suede along with faux leather and suede all can be clipped, snipped, slashed or punched without fraying.’
    2. 1.2no object Become matted.
      ‘care must be taken in washing, or the wool will shrink and felt’
      • ‘In my understanding, this kind of dyeing must be done with very hot water (on top of the stove), and you run a risk of the fabric felting, twisting, or shrinking.’
      tangled, tangly, entangled, knotted, knotty, natty, tousled, dishevelled, uncombed, unkempt, felted, ratty, greasy, dirty
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Origin

Old English, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vilt, also to filter.

Pronunciation

felt

/felt//fɛlt/

Main definitions of felt in US English:

: felt1felt2

felt2

  • past and past participle of feel

Pronunciation

felt

/fɛlt//felt/