- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM dwelldwell·er, nounout·dwell, verb (used with object), out·dwelt or out·dwelled, out·dwell·ing.pre·dwell, verb (used without object)
How to use dwell in a sentence
Amid the questions, much of the debate dwelled on just what Rice said back in 2012.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, May 4|PunditFact.com|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On stage, though, he never dwelled on his own recovery or the challenges he faced dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.The Latest Greatest Generation|Jacob Siegel|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Easily hurt by insults and just as easily swayed by compliments, she dwelled in an angsty purgatory familiar to most adolescents.The Week's Best Reads|David Sessions|November 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And, like a true critic, Menkes dwelled for a moment on the centerpiece of that collection, the infamous Armadillo boot.Inside Alexander McQueen's Memorial|Isabel Wilkinson|September 20, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Fat headlines declared, "The Divorce Finalized Last Night," and the newspapers dwelled on the frosty atmosphere in court.Elin's Dignified Exit|Katarina Andersson|August 23, 2010|DAILY BEAST
A kind heart dwelled in the body of the huge general, and he would not try them needlessly on a wild and sullen night.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
And the said Berlo set me to boord in a skinners house, that dwelled beside the house of the English nation.Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (7 of 9)|Raphael Holinshed
But the intellect which dwelled in the heart 'gan fail only when the very heart felt death.
And so this squire was benighted, and by misfortune he happened to come to a castle where dwelled a baron.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)|Thomas Malory
Themperour to be lodgied where the last deputie dwelled in Calais.Mary Tudor, Queen of France|Mary Croom Brown