1) To perceive or examine by touch.
M.E. felen, from O.E. felan "to touch;" cf. O.S. gifolian, O.Fr.fela, Du. voelen, O.H.G. vuolen, Ger. fühlen "to feel;" from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cognates: Gk. psallein "to pluck (the harp)," L. palpare "to touch softly, stroke").
Sohidan, from Mid.Pers. sôhistan "to feel, to touch," sôhešn "feeling, sense," of unknown origin. Note Pers. sahestan "to fear," from Proto-Ir. *θrah- "to shake; to fear;" Pers. tars, harâs, sham "fear;" may be they are of different roots.
1) The function or the power of perceiving by touch.
Verbal noun of "to → feel."