felt 1 (fĕlt)
a. A fabric of matted, compressed animal fibers, such as wool or fur, sometimes mixed with vegetable or synthetic fibers.
b. A material resembling this fabric.
2. Something made of this fabric.
Made of, relating to, or resembling felt.
v. felt·ed, felt·ing, felts
1. To make into felt.
2. To cover with felt.
3. To press or mat (something) together.
To become like felt; mat together.
[Middle English, from Old English; see pel-5 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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