Shed vs Fell - What's the difference?

shed | fell |

As nouns the difference between shed and fell

is that shed is (weaving) an area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven or shed can be a slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut while fell is fur, pelt (hairy skin of an animal).

As a verb shed

is (transitive|obsolete|uk|dialect) to part or divide.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) sheden, scheden, schoden, from (etyl) 'he cuts off'). Related to (l); (l).


  • (transitive, obsolete, UK, dialect) To part or divide.
  • A metal comb shed her golden hair.
    (Robert of Brunne)
  • (ambitransitive) To part with, separate from, leave off; cast off, let fall, be divested of.
  • You must shed your fear of the unknown before you can proceed.
    When we found the snake, it was in the process of shedding its skin.
  • * Mortimer
  • White oats are apt to shed most as they lie, and black as they stand.
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • She called on all the marathoners to go to Staten Island to help with the clean-up effort and to bring the clothes they would have shed at the start to shelters or other places where displaced people were in need.
  • (archaic) To pour; to make flow.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Did Romeo's hand shed Tybalt's blood?
  • To allow to flow or fall.
  • I didn't shed many tears when he left me.
    A tarpaulin sheds water.
  • To radiate, cast, give off (light); see also shed light on.
  • Can you shed any light on this problem?
  • (obsolete) To pour forth, give off, impart.
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts II:
  • Sence now that he by the right honde of god exalted is, and hath receaved off the father the promys off the holy goost, he hath sheed forthe that which ye nowe se and heare.
  • (obsolete) To fall in drops; to pour.
  • * Chaucer
  • Such a rain down from the welkin shadde .
  • To sprinkle; to intersperse; to cover.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • Her hair is shed with grey.
  • (weaving) To divide, as the warp threads, so as to form a shed, or passageway, for the shuttle.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) schede, schode, (m), .

    Alternative forms

    * (dialectal) * (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • (weaving) An area between upper and lower warp yarns through which the weft is woven.
  • (obsolete) A distinction or dividing-line.
  • (obsolete) A parting in the hair.
  • (obsolete) An area of land as distinguished from those around it.
  • Derived terms
    * watershed

    Etymology 3

    Variant of shade .


    (en noun)
  • A slight or temporary structure built to shade or shelter something; a structure usually open in front; an outbuilding; a hut.
  • a wagon shed'''; a wood '''shed'''; a garden '''shed
  • (British, derogatory, informal) An automobile which is old, worn-out, slow, or otherwise of poor quality.
  • (British, rail transportation) A locomotive.
  • *'>citation
  • Derived terms
    * * * * *

    See also

    * cabin * hovel * hut * kiosk * outbuilding * pergola * shack * shanty * stall * storehouse



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) fellen, from (etyl) fellan, .


    (en verb)
  • To make something fall; especially to chop down a tree.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Stand, or I'll fell thee down.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 2 , author=Aled Williams , title=Swansea 2 - 0 Stoke , work=BBC Sport Wales citation , page= , passage=Sinclair opened Swansea's account from the spot on 8 minutes after a Ryan Shawcross tackle had felled Wayne Routledge.}}
  • To strike down, kill, destroy.
  • :* {{quote-book
  • , year=1922 , year_published=2010 , edition=HTML , editor= , author=Edgar Rice Burroughs , title=The Chessmen of Mars , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , isbn= , page= , passage=Gahan, horrified, saw the latter's head topple from its body, saw the body stagger and fall to the ground. ... The creature that had felled' its companion was dashing madly in the direction of the hill upon which he was hidden, it dodged one of the workers that sought to seize it. … Then it was that Gahan's eyes chanced to return to the figure of the creature the fugitive had ' felled . }}
  • :* {{quote-web
  • , date=2010-09-27 , year= , first= , last= , author=Christina Passariello , authorlink= , title=Prodos Capital, Samsung Make Final Cut for Ferré , site=Wall Street Journal citation , archiveorg= , accessdate=2012-08-26 , passage=… could make Ferré the first major fashion label felled by the economic crisis to come out the other end of restructuring. }}


  • (fall)
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) 'skin', Russian plená'' 'pelt', (etyl) plah 'to cover', Ancient Greek ''péllas 'skin').


    (en noun)
  • That portion of a kilt, from the waist to the seat, where the pleats are stitched down.
  • An animal skin, hide.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • We are still handling our ewes, and their fells , you know, are greasy.
  • (textiles) The end of a web, formed by the last thread of the weft.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (sewing) To stitch down a protruding flap of fabric, as a seam allowance, or pleat.
  • * 2006, Colette Wolff, The Art of Manipulating Fabric , page 296:
  • To fell seam allowances, catch the lining underneath before emerging 1/4" (6mm) ahead, and 1/8" (3mm) to 1/4" (6mm) into the seam allowance.
    (wikipedia fell)

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) fell, . Compare (m).


    (en noun)
  • A rocky ridge or chain of mountains.
  • * 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  • The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
    While hammers fell like ringing bells,
    In places deep, where dark things sleep,
    In hollow halls beneath the fells.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1886 , author=Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr , title=The Squire of Sandal-Side : A Pastoral Romance , work= citation , page= , passage=Every now and then the sea calls some farmer or shepherd, and the restless drop in his veins gives him no peace till he has found his way over the hills and fells to the port of Whitehaven, and gone back to the cradling bosom that rocked his ancestors.}}
  • * 1971 Catherine Cookson, The Dwelling Place
  • She didn't know at first why she stepped off the road and climbed the bank on to the fells; it wasn't until she found herself skirting a disused quarry that she realised where she was making for, and when she reached the place she stood and gazed at it. It was a hollow within an outcrop of rock, not large enough to call a cave but deep enough to shelter eight people from the rain, and with room to spare.
  • A wild field or upland moor.
  • Etymology 4

    From (etyl) fel, . See felon.


  • Of a strong and cruel nature; eagre and unsparing; grim; fierce; ruthless; savage.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • while we devise fell tortures for thy faults
  • * 1663 , (Hudibras) , by , part 1,
  • And many a serpent of fell kind, / With wings before, and stings behind
  • *{{quote-book, year=1892, author=(James Yoxall)
  • , chapter=5, title= The Lonely Pyramid , passage=The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.}}
  • *
  • Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; pungent; clever.
  • (label) Eager; earnest; intent.
  • * (Samuel Pepys) (1633-1703)
  • I am so fell to my business.


    (en adverb)
  • Sharply; fiercely.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)


  • Gall; anger; melancholy.
  • * Spenser:
  • Untroubled of vile fear or bitter fell .
  • * XIX c. ,
  • I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.



    Etymology 5


  • (mining) The finer portions of ore which go through the meshes when the ore is sorted by sifting.
  • English causative verbs English irregular simple past forms ----