Meaning of DWELL in English


I. ˈdwel verb

( dwelt -lt ; also dwelled -lt, -ld ; dwelt also dwelled ; dwelling ; dwells )

Etymology: Middle English dwellen, from Old English dwellan to lead astray, go astray; akin to Old High German twellen to tarry, hesitate, Old Norse dvelja to delay, dvöl delay, Gothic dwalmōn to be mad, Old English dol foolish — more at dull

intransitive verb


a. : live , reside

dwell for years in the same town

b. : to be or continue in some state or condition

dwelt in bondage to his mother — Edmund Fuller

c. : to exist or be present

wisdom must dwell in a mind so honest

d. : consist , lie

the poem's main interest dwells in its unusual imagery


a. : to linger over something (as with the mind or eyes) — used with on or upon

sights on which the eyes may dwell with pleasure

her mind dwelt on his good qualities — Ellen Glasgow

b. : to speak or write with emphasis or at length — used with on or upon

dwelling eloquently on the power of Milton's prose style

transitive verb

obsolete : to inhabit or occupy as a place of residence

Synonyms: see reside

II. noun

( -s )

1. : a short interruption or intermission in the motion of a part of a machine that gives time for its own proper operation or for the operation of another part

2. : the time during which material is subjected to a particular operation (as in a manufacturing process)

the dwell during heat sealing of plastic

specifically : the time during which material to be printed is in contact with the printing surface

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