Origin of well

2
before 900; (noun) Middle English well(e), Old English wylle, wella, welle; cognate with German Welle wave; (v.) Middle English wellen, Old English wellan (cognate with Dutch wellen, Old Norse vella); both noun and v. ultimately akin to weallan to boil

Synonyms for well

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Contemporary Examples of welling

  • That said, recognize the increased joy, enthusiasm and wanderlust now welling up inside you.

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  • Greenness was welling up in what had been until not long ago a winter forest.

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Historical Examples of welling


British Dictionary definitions for welling

well

1

adverb better or best

(often used in combination) in a satisfactory mannerthe party went very well
(often used in combination) in a good, skilful, or pleasing mannershe plays the violin well
in a correct or careful mannerlisten well to my words
in a comfortable or prosperous mannerto live well
(usually used with auxiliaries) suitably; fittinglyyou can't very well say that
intimatelyI knew him well
in a kind or favourable mannershe speaks well of you
to a great or considerable extent; fullyto be well informed
by a considerable marginlet me know well in advance
(preceded by could, might, or may) indeedyou may well have to do it yourself
informal (intensifier)well safe
all very well used ironically to express discontent, dissent, etc
as well
  1. in addition; too
  2. (preceded by may or might)with equal effectyou might as well come
  3. just as wellpreferable or advisableit would be just as well if you paid me now
as well as in addition to
just leave well alone or just leave well enough alone to refrain from interfering with something that is satisfactory
well and good used to indicate calm acceptance, as of a decisionif you accept my offer, well and good
well up in well acquainted with (a particular subject); knowledgeable about

adjective (usually postpositive)

(when prenominal, usually used with a negative) in good healthI'm very well, thank you; he's not a well man
satisfactory, agreeable, or pleasing
prudent; advisableit would be well to make no comment
prosperous or comfortable
fortunate or happyit is well that you agreed to go

interjection

  1. an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
  2. an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark

sentence connector

an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etcwell, I don't think I will come

Word Origin for well

Old English wel; related to Old High German wala, wola (German wohl), Old Norse val, Gothic waila

well

2

noun

a hole or shaft that is excavated, drilled, bored, or cut into the earth so as to tap a supply of water, oil, gas, etc
a natural pool where ground water comes to the surface
  1. a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
  2. (in combination)an inkwell
an open shaft through the floors of a building, such as one used for a staircase
a deep enclosed space in a building or between buildings that is open to the sky to permit light and air to enter
  1. a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
  2. another word for cockpit
a perforated tank in the hold of a fishing boat for keeping caught fish alive
(in England) the open space in the centre of a law court
a source, esp one that provides a continuous supplyhe is a well of knowledge

verb

to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwardstears welled from her eyes

Word Origin for well

Old English wella; related to Old High German wella (German Welle wave), Old Norse vella boiling heat
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Word Origin and History for welling

well

n.

"hole dug for water, spring of water," Old English wielle (West Saxon), welle (Anglian), from wiellan (see well (v.)).

well

adv.

"in a satisfactory manner," Old English wel, common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon wela, Old Norse vel, Old Frisian wel, Dutch wel, Old High German wela, German wohl, Gothic waila "well"), from PIE *wel-, *wol- (cf. Sanskrit prati varam "at will," Old Church Slavonic vole "well," Welsh gwell "better," Latin velle "to wish, will," Old English willan "to wish;" see will (v.)). Also used in Old English as an interjection and an expression of surprise. Well-to-do "prosperous" is recorded from 1825.

well

v.

"to spring, rise, gush," Old English wiellan (Anglian wællan), causative of weallan "to boil, bubble up" (class VII strong verb; past tense weoll, past participle weallen), from Proto-Germanic *wal-, *wel- "roll" (cf. Old Saxon wallan, Old Norse vella, Old Frisian walla, Old High German wallan, German wallen, Gothic wulan "to bubble, boil"), from PIE root *wel- "to turn, roll" (see volvox), on notion of "roiling or bubbling water."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

welling in Science

well

[wĕl]

A deep hole or shaft sunk into the Earth to tap a liquid or gaseous substance such as water, oil, gas, or brine. If the substance is not under sufficient pressure to flow freely from the well, it must be pumped or raised mechanically to the surface. Water or pressurized gas is sometimes pumped into a nonproducing oil well to push petroleum resources out of underground reservoirs. See also artesian well.
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Idioms and Phrases with welling

well

In addition to the idioms beginning with well

  • well and good
  • well off
  • well out of, be
  • well preserved

also see:

  • alive and kicking (well)
  • all's well that ends well
  • all very well
  • as well
  • as well as
  • augur well for
  • damn well
  • do well
  • full well
  • get well
  • hanged for a sheep, might as well be
  • leave well enough alone
  • only too (well)
  • sit well with
  • think a lot (well) of
  • to a fare-thee-well
  • very well
  • wear well
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