dwelt

[ dwelt ]
/ dwɛlt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of dwell.

Definition for dwelt (2 of 2)

dwell

[ dwel ]
/ dwɛl /

verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwell·ing.

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.

noun

Machinery.
  1. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
  2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.

Origin of dwell

before 900; Middle English dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, Old English dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; cognate with Old Norse dvelja

Related forms

dwell·er, nounout·dwell, verb (used with object), out·dwelt or out·dwelled, out·dwell·ing.pre·dwell, verb (used without object)
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British Dictionary definitions for dwelt (1 of 2)

dwelt

/ (dwɛlt) /

verb

a past tense of dwell

British Dictionary definitions for dwelt (2 of 2)

dwell

/ (dwɛl) /

verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)

formal, literary to live as a permanent resident
to live (in a specified state)to dwell in poverty

noun

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

Derived Forms

dweller, noun

Word Origin for dwell

Old English dwellan to seduce, get lost; related to Old Saxon bidwellian to prevent, Old Norse dvelja, Old High German twellen to prevent
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