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dwelling

[dwel-ing] /ˈdwɛl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.
Origin of dwelling
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at dwell, -ing1
Related forms
multidwelling, noun, adjective
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Contemporary Examples
  • There are four dwellings to choose from and more than a half dozen other structures in which to swing a cat.

Historical Examples
  • But these dwellings were evidently occupied by a later people.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Much ingenuity was exercised in the making of these dwellings.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The Romans adapted their dwellings to the climate in which they lived.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • But the people did not come, and the dwellings remained empty.

  • He was seized by a creature and flung up on a strand where there seemed to be dwellings.

  • dwellings will be artistic, æsthetic and scrupulously clean.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The dwellings were sprinkled far into the distance across the landscape.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • In these cities the garments were cut and sent out to the dwellings of the poor to be sewn.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Their habits and their dwellings should correspond to their education.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for dwellings

dwelling

/ˈdwɛlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(formal, literary) a place of residence
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Word Origin and History for dwellings

dwelling

n.

"place of residence," mid-14c., verbal noun from dwell (v.).

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