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 dwelled
Easily hurt by insults and just as easily swayed by compliments, she dwelled in an angsty purgatory familiar to most adolescents.
And, like a true critic, Menkes dwelled for a moment on the centerpiece of that collection, the infamous Armadillo boot.
The excursion to the famous Mount of Saint Michael and its fortified abbey need not here be dwelled on.Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine|Edward A. Freeman
His eyes, however, dwelled on her with a smile that conveyed sympathy.Aurora the Magnificent|Gertrude Hall
She knew that she had dwelled always in the forest, and how could she know the music of noble lords and ladies?The Green Forest Fairy Book|Loretta Ellen Brady
And there is a fair church of our Lady, where she dwelled; and there she died.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
So dwelled Lancelot and Galahad in that ship for half a year, and served God daily and nightly with all their power.The Book of Romance|Various
British Dictionary definitions for dwelled
verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)
Word Origin for dwell
Word Origin and History for dwelled
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.