- a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.
Origin of dwelling
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- 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 dwelling
We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past.Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation
April 7, 2014
If God exists, then God has (or had) a body and a dwelling place.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison
April 7, 2014
You have to haul the water into your dwelling and carry out the waste.What's Better: Cell Phones or Indoor Toilets?
January 3, 2013
Weiss misses them, I think, for the same reason he cannot bear Boianjiu dwelling in the head of an Israeli soldier.Why We Should Read "Israeli Army Fiction"
June 21, 2012
After two weeks of dwelling on religious and social issues, Santorum delivered a concession speech heavy on economic talk.Mitt Romney Pulls Out Badly Needed Win in Michigan Primary
February 29, 2012
Were not her poor friends the more sorely tried that she was dwelling at ease?Weighed and Wanting
Your dwelling is in those parts, and so their thoughts turned to you as their leader.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Close to the dwelling, the rest of the little company was awaiting them.Casanova's Homecoming
When they had gone some forty miles into the mountains, he saw a dwelling, fair and clean.
Sure enough, he missed his way, and came to the dwelling of Laotzse.
- formal, literary a place of residence
- 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 dwelling
"place of residence," mid-14c., verbal 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.