Definition for dwelt (2 of 2)
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 dwelt
And there is the cave under the rock where Moses dwelt, when he fasted forty days and forty nights.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville|John Mandeville
The moon is still figured as a bull, but it is the idea of strength that is extracted from the picture and dwelt upon.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
There dwelt they throughout the winter & were well entertained in all fairness & hospitality.
In the country through which we travelled between these great rivers, the Comanians dwelt before it was occupied by the Tarters.
I knew there was something concerning the Castle of Peronne which dwelt on my mind, though I could not recall the circumstance.Quentin Durward|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for dwelt (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dwelt (2 of 2)
verb dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt) or dwelled (intr)
Word Origin for dwell
Word Origin and History for dwelt
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.