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[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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  • Not that we dwelled upon Tom's short-comings or rather perhaps his going too far, at the time when he worked the road so.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • The forest was everywhere, and the Indians dwelled in the forest.

  • And he trowed that she had been a common woman, that dwelled there to receive men p. 18to folly.

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

  • For at the magic of a kindly word, he had flown to the topmost boughs, and there he dwelled for evermore.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book Loretta Ellen Brady
  • At Twynham Castle they dwelled for many years, beloved and honored by all.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And on this half is the kingdom of Comania, whereof the Comanians that dwelled in Greece sometime were chased out.

  • And there is a fair church of our Lady, where she dwelled; and there she died.

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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dwelled in the Bible

Tents were in primitive times the common dwellings of men. Houses were afterwards built, the walls of which were frequently of mud (Job 24:16; Matt. 6:19, 20) or of sun-dried bricks. God "dwells in light" (1 Tim. 6:16; 1 John 1:7), in heaven (Ps. 123:1), in his church (Ps. 9:11; 1 John 4:12). Christ dwelt on earth in the days of his humiliation (John 1:14). He now dwells in the hearts of his people (Eph. 3:17-19). The Holy Spirit dwells in believers (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14). We are exhorted to "let the word of God dwell in us richly" (Col. 3:16; Ps. 119:11). Dwell deep occurs only in Jer. 49:8, and refers to the custom of seeking refuge from impending danger, in retiring to the recesses of rocks and caverns, or to remote places in the desert.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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