Definition of Dwell

1. Verb. Think moodily or anxiously about something. "Sam and Sue dwell over the results of the experiment"

Exact synonyms: Brood
Generic synonyms: Care, Worry
Also: Dwell On

2. Verb. Originate (in). ; "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"
Exact synonyms: Consist, Lie, Lie In
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist
Derivative terms: Lie

3. Verb. Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of. "Deer are populating the woods"

4. Verb. Exist or be situated within. "Strange notions inhabited her mind"
Exact synonyms: Inhabit
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist

5. Verb. Come back to. "She is always harping on the same old things"
Exact synonyms: Harp
Generic synonyms: Ingeminate, Iterate, Reiterate, Repeat, Restate, Retell

Definition of Dwell

1. v. i. To delay; to linger.

2. v. t. To inhabit.

Definition of Dwell

1. Noun. (engineering) A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state. ¹

2. Noun. (engineering) A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed. ¹

3. Noun. (electrical engineering) A planned delay in a timed control program. ¹

4. Noun. (automotive) In a petrol engine, the period of time the ignition points are closed to let current flow through the ignition coil in between each spark. This is measured as an angle in degrees around the camshaft in the distributor which controls the points, for example in a 4-cylinder engine it might be 55° (spark at 90° intervals, points closed for 55° between each). ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive now literary) To live; to reside. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To linger ('''on''') a particular thought, idea etc.; to remain fixated (on). ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive engineering) To be in a given state. ¹

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Definition of Dwell

1. to reside [v DWELT or DWELLED, DWELLING, DWELLS] - See also: reside

Medical Definition of Dwell

1. 1. To delay; to linger. 2. To abide; to remain; to continue. "I 'll rather dwell in my necessity." (Shak) "Thy soul was like a star and dwelt apart." (Wordsworth) 3. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside. "The parish in which I was born, dwell, and have possessions." (Peacham) "The poor man dwells in a humble cottage near the hall where the lord of the domain resides." (C. J. Smith) To dwell in, to abide in (a place); hence, to depend on. "My hopes in heaven to dwell." . To dwell on or upon, to continue long on or in; to remain absorbed with; to stick to; to make much of; as, to dwell upon a subject; a singer dwells on a note. "They stand at a distance, dwelling on his looks and language, fixed in amazement." (Buckminster) Synonym: To inhabit, live, abide, sojourn, reside, continue, stay, rest. Origin: Dwelled, usually contracted into Dwelt; Dwelling] [OE. Dwellen, dwelien, to err, linger, AS. Dwellan to deceive, hinder, delay, dwelian to err; akin to Icel. Dvelja to delay, tarry, Sw. Dvaljas to dwell, Dan. Dvaele to linger, and to E. Dull. See Dull, and cf. Dwale. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dwell

dwell (current term)
dwell on
dwell time
dwell times
dwell upon
dwelling house
dwelling place

Literary usage of Dwell

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1860)
"... these paintings that may make It with this or the other man to take) Is not without those things that do excel What do in brave but empty notions dwell. ..."

2. The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Sermons Preached and Revised by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1873)
"... retire into the burning sands where none can pursue them, and so " dwell deep." We will take our text in the two •senses I have indicated. " dwell deep ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Now it is the Old Russian quarter, where old-fashioned merchants dwell in state and keep up ... The wealthy merchants and well-to-do inhabitants dwell here, ..."

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