Something that has been felled has been brought down, like a tree that has been felled by a powerful storm.

The word fell wears many hats in addition to being the past tense of fall. As a noun, a fell can be a stitching on the hem of a piece of clothing like pants, or an animal skin that has the fur intact. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the character MacDuff is stricken when he learns that his family has been killed “in one fell swoop.” Here the adjective fell means "vicious and cruel."

Definitions of fell
  1. verb
    cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
    synonyms: cut down, drop, strike down
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    chop down
    cut down
    poleax, poleaxe
    fell with or as if with a poleax
    log, lumber
    cut lumber, as in woods and forests
    fell by sawing; hew
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    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. noun
    the act of felling something (as a tree)
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    kill, killing, putting to death
    the act of terminating a life
  3. adjective
    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    synonyms: barbarous, brutal, cruel, roughshod, savage, vicious
    reflecting lack of pity or compassion
  4. verb
    sew a seam by folding the edges
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    run up, sew, sew together, stitch
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
  5. noun
    seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
    synonyms: felled seam
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    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
  6. verb
    pass away rapidly
    synonyms: fly, vanish
    fly, vanish, vaporize
    decrease rapidly and disappear
  7. noun
    the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
    synonyms: hide
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    the hide of a cow
    the hide of a goat
    untanned hide especially of cattle; cut in strips it is used for whips and ropes
    type of:
    animal skin
    the outer covering of an animal
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