Meaning of DWELL in English


— dweller , n.

/dwel/ , v. , dwelt or dwelled, dwelling , n.


1. to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.

2. to live or continue in a given condition or state : to dwell in happiness.

3. to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often fol. by on or upon ) : to dwell on a particular point in an argument.

4. (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.


5. Mach.

a. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.

b. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.

[ bef. 900; ME dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, OE dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; c. ON dvelja ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .