verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwell·ing.
- 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.
The portraits show the wide range of people that dwell within the culture.
To dwell on that for a moment is to get a sharp taste of the overarching issue that Liberty Ridge raises for us.
I do not like this sense of God, this nothingness in which I now dwell.
There was nothing to dwell on because there would be countless more brunches and breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
But to do that, friend, a woman should dwell very near to Him who only hath immortality.It Might Have Been|Emily Sarah Holt
I repeat that I have no heart to dwell upon these painful details.The Life Of Sir John Falstaff|Robert B. Brough
A house was built; but the season was so far advanced that it could not be rendered fit to dwell in.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries|Edward Rowland
There is hardly any detail one cares to dwell on in St. Peter's.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)|George Eliot
Maolochtair replied: "So large a community cannot dwell in such a narrow place."Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for dwell
verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)
Word Origin for dwell
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.