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[dwel] /dwɛl/
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwelling.
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.
  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
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the West, Russia perhaps excepted, is more and more peopled by dwellers in cities.

  • He could not die there, for he was one of the dwellers in Asgard and death might not come to him that way.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • And they being created, propitiate the dwellers of heaven by offerings made to the gods and the names of departed forefathers.

  • When the feast was over the dwellers in Asgard went to Iduna's garden as was their wont.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Soon shall ye learn of revolts among the dwellers in the lowlands: know, then, that it will be by my hand.

    Istar of Babylon Margaret Horton Potter
  • "The dwellers in Asgard will have to give judgment for us," Brock cried out.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • The dwellers in those parts, who had sons and husbands at the war, made up no fancies to explain it.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • The dwellers in Asgard said one to the other that this was a wonder indeed.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Now every other window in the neighborhood was up, though the dwellers round about were hidden from sight.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for dwellers


verb (intransitive) dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt), dwelled
(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
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 dwellers



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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