• (obsolete) Eager; earnest; intent.
  • (Britain dialectal, Scotland) Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; pungent; clever.
  • Of a strong and cruel nature; eagre and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless; savage.

    "one fell swoop"


  • Sharply; fiercely.


  • The stitching down of a fold of cloth; specifically, the portion of a kilt, from the waist to the seat, where the pleats are stitched down.
  • An animal skin, hide.
  • (archaic outside the Britain) A wild field or upland moor.
  • (mining) The finer portions of ore, which go through the meshes when the ore is sorted by sifting.
  • A cutting-down of timber.
  • (archaic outside the Britain) A rocky ridge or chain of mountains.
  • Gall; anger; melancholy.
  • (textiles) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
  • Human skin (now only as a metaphorical use of previous sense).


  • To strike down, kill, destroy.
  • (transitive) To make something fall; especially to chop down a tree.
  • simple past tense of fall
  • (sewing) To stitch down a protruding flap of fabric, as a seam allowance, or pleat.

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