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 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|Matt Seidel|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Yes, I am one of the dwellers in the happy garden," answered the Peacock, strutting.The Curious Book of Birds|Abbie Farwell Brown
Thus prayed the dwellers of the city four thousand years ago.By Desert Ways to Baghdad|Louisa Jebb
The additions to the population of the township had created fresh wants, hitherto unknown among these dwellers in poverty.The Country Doctor|Honore de Balzac
For many years the dwellers in the plains of the Panjab had suffered from the encroachments of their neighbours in the hills.Barclay of the Guides|Herbert Strang
For nearly two years the hearts of the dwellers in that vast pastoral region had been made sick with hope deferred.The Crooked Stick|Rolf Boldrewood
verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)
Word Origin 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.