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One who fights under the same commander, or is engaged in the same service. Officers often address their companions in arms by this appellation.


A stream in the vicinity. Shenstone.


One who studies in the same company or class with another, or who belongs to the same school.


One who is subject to the same government with another. Swift.


One who shares in the same evil, or partakes of the same sufferings with another.


One who travels in company with another.


One employed in the same occupation.


One who writes at the same time. Addison.

FEL'LY, adv. [See Fell, cruel.]

Cruelly; fiercely; barbarously. Spenser.

FEL'LY, n. [Sax. fælge; Dan. fælge; D. velge; G. felge.]

The exterior part or rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.

FELO-DE-SE, n. [Felo de se.]

In law, one who commits felony by suicide, or deliberately destroys his own life.

FEL'ON, a.

  1. Malignant; fierce; malicious; proceeding from a depraved heart. Vain shows of love to vail his felon hate. Pope.
  2. Traitorous; disloyal.

FEL'ON, n. [Fr. felon; Low L. felo; Arm. fellon; It. fello or fellone, a thief. I accord with Spelman in deducing this word from the root of fail, the original signification being, a vassal who failed in his fidelity or allegiance to his lord, and committed an offense by which he forfeited his feud. Hence in French, felon is traitorous, rebellious. So the word is explained and deduced in Gregoire's Armoric Dictionary. The derivation from fee and lon in Spelman, copied by Blackstone, is unnatural.]

  1. In law, a person who has committed felony. [See Felon.]
  2. A whitlow; a painful swelling formed in the periosteum at the end of the finger. Wiseman.


  1. Malignant; malicious; indicating or proceeding from a depraved heart or evil purpose; villainous; traitorous; perfidious; as, a felonious deed.
  2. In law, proceeding from an evil heart or purpose; done with the deliberate purpose to commit a crime; as, felonious homicide.


In a felonious manner; with the deliberate intention to commit a crime. Indictments for capital offenses must state the fact to be done feloniously.


A plant of the genus Solanum. Fam. of Plants.

FEL'ON-Y, n. [See Felon.]

In common law, any crime which incurs the forfeiture of lands or goods. Treason was formerly comprised under the name of felony, but is now distinguished from crimes thus denominated, although it is really a felony. All offenses punishable with death are felonies; and so are some crimes not thus punished, as suicide, homicide by chance-medley, or in self-defense, and petty larceny. Capital punishment therefore does not necessarily enter into the true idea or definition of felony; the true criterion or felony being forfeiture of lands or goods. But the idea of felony has been so generally connected with that of capital punishment, that law and usage now confirm that connection. Thus if a statute makes any new offense a felony, it is understood to mean a crime punishable with death. Blackstone.

FEL'SITE, n. [See Feldspar.]

A species of compact feldspar, of an azure blue or green color, found amorphous, associated with quartz and mica. Kirwan.

FELT, pret.

of Feel.

FELT, n. [Sax. felt; G. filz; D. vilt; Fr. feutre, for feultre; Arm. feltr, or feultr; It. feltro. This may be derived naturally from the root of fill or full, to stuff and make thick, or from the root of L. pellis, Eng. fell, a skin, from plucking or stripping, L. vello, vellus, Eng. wool. In Ir. folt, W. gwallt, is hair.]

  1. A cloth or stuff made of wool, or wool and hair, fulled or wrought into a compact substance by rolling and pressure with lees or size. Encyc.
  2. A hat made of wool.
  3. Skin. To know whether sheep are sound or not, see that the felt be loose. Mortimer.

FELT, v.t.

To make cloth or stuff of wool, or wool and hair, by fulling. Hale.

FELT'ED, pp.

Worked into felt.

FELT'ER, v.t.

To clot or meet together like felt. Fairfax.

FELT'ING, ppr.

Working into felt.


One whose occupation is to make felt.