- a simple past tense and past participle of dwell.
- 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 dwelt
He dwelt on the childhood of Philothea with peculiar pleasure.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I could not remember those with whom I had dwelt there, not even my mother.Passages from a Relinquished Work (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
"She dwelt under the palm-tree;" or, as it might be rendered, in a forest of palms.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
But still in De Montaigne's breast there dwelt a horrible fear.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
His eyes turned, and dwelt sharply upon the face of Good Indian.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- a past tense of dwell
- 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 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.