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[ dwel-ing ]


  1. a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.


/ ˈdwɛlɪŋ /


  1. formal.
    a place of residence

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Other Words From

  • multi·dwelling noun adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dwelling1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; dwell + -ing 1

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Synonym Study

See house.

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Example Sentences

Don’t be fooled by its mysterious exterior—this cave dwelling feels like a luxury resort.

By printing the first apartment building on-site, we are demonstrating that this new technology can also be used to print large-scale dwelling units.

The teenager said he heard three rounds fired at the dwelling but did not phone 911.

In the Stone Age and even in recent history, cooking fires were more than just a heat source in our dwellings.

The largest and best known of the Mesa Verde’s native dwellings, Cliff Palace is a wonder to behold.

One role the desert-dwelling Bedouin and Berbers would be perfectly suited to is aiding the army in its frontier patrols.

But I reserve the distinction for gutter dwelling and otherwise abhorrent behavior to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling on the past.

If God exists, then God has (or had) a body and a dwelling place.

Others boast colorful tiles, captain windows to take in the vista, and fitted doors that give the appearance of a hobbit dwelling.

And Mr. Meadow Mouse often remarked that it had more halls than any other dwelling he had ever seen.

But dwelling means a special kind of structure—a building occupied by man—a place to live in.

Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth and I have prayed for death to pass away.

Directors were to us junior clerks, remote personalities, mythical beings dwelling on Olympian heights.

And everything else is certainly in keeping with our dwelling and our vocation in life, that is, poverty.


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