- Henry,1805–78, U.S. businessman: pioneered in banking, stagecoach services, and express shipping.
- H(erbert) G(eorge),1866–1946, English novelist and historian.
- Horace,1815–48, U.S. dentist: pioneered use of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic.
- Ida BellIda Bell Wells-Barnett, 1862–1931, U.S. journalist and civil-rights leader.
- a historic town in E Somersetshire, in SW England: cathedral.
- in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well.
- thoroughly, carefully, or soundly: to shake well before using; listen well.
- in a moral or proper manner: to behave well.
- commendably, meritoriously, or excellently: a difficult task well done.
- with propriety, justice, or reason: I could not well refuse.
- adequately or sufficiently: Think well before you act.
- to a considerable extent or degree (often used in combination): a sum well over the amount agreed upon; a well-developed theme.
- with great or intimate knowledge: to know a person well.
- certainly; without doubt: I anger easily, as you well know.
- good nature;
- in good health; sound in body and mind: Are you well? He is not a well man.
- satisfactory, pleasing, or good: All is well with us.
- proper, fitting, or gratifying: It is well that you didn't go.
- in a satisfactory position; well-off: I am very well as I am.
- (used to express surprise, reproof, etc.): Well! There's no need to shout.
- (used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.): Well, who would have thought he could do it?
- well-being; good fortune; success: to wish well to someone.
- as well,
- in addition; also; too: She insisted on directing the play and on producing it as well.
- equally: The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
- as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as: Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
- leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.
Origin of well1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for well on Thesaurus.com
In a similar manner, adjectival compounds formed with better, best, little, lesser, least, etc., are also hyphenated when placed before the noun ( a little-understood theory ), but the hyphen is dropped when the adjectival combination follows the noun ( his films are best known in England ) or is itself modified by an adverb ( a too little understood theory ).
There are exceptions to this pattern. For example, when the combining adverb ends in –ly, no hyphen is required, whether the resulting adjectival combination appears before or after the noun: a highly regarded surgeon; a surgeon who is highly regarded.
Don’t let the hyphens fool you. Punctuation can be tricky!
- a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.
- a spring or natural source of water.
- an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.: He was a well of gentleness and courtesy.
- a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid: the well of ink in a fountain pen.
- any sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.
- a part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
- a compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
- a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.
- any shaft dug or bored into the earth, as for storage space or a mine.
- to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often followed by up, out, or forth): Tears welled up in my eyes.
- to send welling up or forth: a fountain welling its pure water.
- like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.
Origin of well2
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Examples from the Web for wells
Apple, PetSmart, Wells Fargo, Marriott, and Delta also spoke out.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
The bailout crybabies of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and all the rest are easy targets—and deserving ones, too.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
Wright approved one of the wells after the operator agreed to bring it into compliance, according to the letter.
That way the wells could go into production and the operators could fix the problems later.
It also kills roadside trees, pollutes streams and wells, and destroys gardens.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Some threw their silver and pewter ware and other valuables into wells.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The pressure of the gas at the wells is from 150 to 230 pounds to the square inch.
What drinks from the brooks and wells, and from the stones on the bank?Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
We think to march with the General this day to Wells, on his way homeward.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
I mean to say, the three holes in the ground being three "Wells!"Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- a city in SW England, in Somerset: 12th-century cathedral. Pop: 10 406 (2001)
- Henry. 1805–78, US businessman, who founded (1852) with William Fargo the express mail service Wells, Fargo and Company
- H (erbert) G (eorge). 1866–1946, British writer. His science-fiction stories include The Time Machine (1895), War of the Worlds (1898), and The Shape of Things to Come (1933). His novels on contemporary social questions, such as Kipps (1905), Tono-Bungay (1909), and Ann Veronica (1909), affected the opinions of his day. His nonfiction works include The Outline of History (1920)
- (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
- in addition; too
- (preceded by may or might)with equal effectyou might as well come
- 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
- (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
- an expression of surprise, indignation, or reproof
- an expression of anticipation in waiting for an answer or remark
- an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etcwell, I don't think I will come
- 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
- a cavity, space, or vessel used to contain a liquid
- (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
- a bulkheaded compartment built around a ship's pumps for protection and ease of access
- 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
- to flow or cause to flow upwards or outwardstears welled from her eyes
Word Origin and History for wells
"hole dug for water, spring of water," Old English wielle (West Saxon), welle (Anglian), from wiellan (see well (v.)).
"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.
"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."
- American dentist who was the first to use nitrous oxide to anesthetize patients during oral surgery.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with wells
In addition to the idioms beginning with well