- to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
- to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness.
- to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon): to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
- (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
- a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
- a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Origin of dwell
Examples from the Web for dwell
It creates a cynicism in us that is not the most noble of things to dwell upon.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
The portraits show the wide range of people that dwell within the culture.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
To dwell on that for a moment is to get a sharp taste of the overarching issue that Liberty Ridge raises for us.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
August 22, 2014
I do not like this sense of God, this nothingness in which I now dwell.How Losing My Daughter Changed My Faith
June 15, 2014
There was nothing to dwell on because there would be countless more brunches and breakfasts, lunches and dinners.Michael Hastings' Hunger for Life
June 14, 2014
It is not necessary to dwell on every incident of this terrible journey.Explorations in Australia
Never, while she lived, would she dwell beneath John Lambert's roof again.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Would that I could dwell always in these momentary gleams of light!The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The unity of all who dwell in freedom is their only sure defense.
I dwell on the subject only because of its bearing on the love of God.The Conquest of Fear
- formal, literary to live as a permanent resident
- to live (in a specified state)to dwell in poverty
- a regular pause in the operation of a machine
- a flat or constant-radius portion on a linear or rotary cam enabling the cam follower to remain static for a brief time
Word Origin and History for dwell
Old English dwellan "to mislead, deceive," originally "to make a fool of, lead astray," from Proto-Germanic *dwaljanan (cf. Old Norse dvöl "delay," dvali "sleep;" Middle Dutch dwellen "to stun, make giddy, perplex;" Old High German twellen "to hinder, delay;" Danish dvale "trance, stupor," dvaelbær "narcotic berry," source of Middle English dwale "nightshade"), from PIE *dhwel-, from root *dheu- (1) "dust, cloud, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").
Related to Old English gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in Middle English through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (mid-13c.). Related: Dwelled; dwelt; dwells.