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 dweller
It makes even more difference to the dweller in the city, who must buy all that he eats, whether food is abundant or not.Checking the Waste|Mary Huston Gregory
A large, lank, muley or polled cow used to annoy me in this way when I was a dweller in a certain pastoral city.The Galaxy|Various
Such encounters have a wistful interest that can hardly be understood by the dweller in places more populous.Essays of Travel|Robert Louis Stevenson
As a dweller in May Fair he could not support himself, like his Mr. Melopoyn, by writing ballads for street singers.Adventures among Books|Andrew Lang
A dweller over a sordid public-house—and a dreamer of visions!In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)
Word Origin for dwell
late 14c., agent noun from dwell (v.).
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.