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dwell

[dwel] /dwɛl/
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwelling.
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 followed 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.
noun
5.
Machinery.
  1. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
  2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Origin of dwell
900
before 900; Middle English dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, Old English dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; cognate with Old Norse dvelja
Related forms
dweller, noun
outdwell, verb (used with object), outdwelt or outdwelled, outdwelling.
predwell, verb (used without object)
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  • Than an other, that sate at souper with them, asked this Charles, how longe he had dwelled there.

  • All the evening he had dwelled with rapture upon the object of the gamble.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • He was with Israel in the wilderness and dwelled with them in the Glory cloud.

    The Work Of Christ A. C. Gaebelein
  • The forest was everywhere, and the Indians dwelled in the forest.

  • Those who had named and had first dwelled in Jamestown were in number about a hundred.

  • Here he and Pocahontas dwelled together "civilly and lovingly."

  • At Twynham Castle they dwelled for many years, beloved and honored by all.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The one in whom the Evil Spirit dwelled and who had come to mock them could not be caught.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for dwelled

dwell

/dwɛl/
verb (intransitive) dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt), dwelled
1.
(formal, literary) to live as a permanent resident
2.
to live (in a specified state): to dwell in poverty
noun
3.
a regular pause in the operation of a machine
4.
a flat or constant-radius portion on a linear or rotary cam enabling the cam follower to remain static for a brief time
Derived Forms
dweller, noun
Word Origin
Old English dwellan to seduce, get lost; related to Old Saxon bidwellian to prevent, Old Norse dvelja, Old High German twellen to prevent
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Word Origin and History for dwelled

dwell

v.

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.

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