- to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
- to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness.
- to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon): to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
- (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
- 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 dwellers
It was the night that dwellers in caves had watched from some high place among rocks.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others
September 25, 2013
The Porter family were not the only dwellers of Brookfield who took part in racing.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The dwellers in the long-house extended every courtesy to Ninaka and his crew.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
I ventured to remind Mammy that all dwellers in the country were not tackies.Southern Lights and Shadows
The tastes of the dwellers in cities control, more and more, the character of our newspapers.The American Mind
No arrests were made, although the marksmen must have been dwellers in the neighbourhood.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- formal, literary to live as a permanent resident
- to live (in a specified state)to dwell in poverty
- a regular pause in the operation of a machine
- a flat or constant-radius portion on a linear or rotary cam enabling the cam follower to remain static for a brief time
Word Origin and History for dwellers
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.