from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To live as a resident; reside.
- intransitive v. To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy.
- intransitive v. To fasten one's attention: kept dwelling on what went wrong. See Synonyms at brood.
- intransitive v. To speak or write at length; expatiate: dwelt on the need to trim the budget.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state.
- n. A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.
- n. A planned delay in a timed control program.
- n. In a petrol engine, the period of time the ignition points are closed to let current flow through the ignition coil in between each spark. This is measured as an angle in degrees around the camshaft in the distributor which controls the points, for example in a 4-cylinder engine it might be 55° (spark at 90° intervals, points closed for 55° between each).
- v. To live; to reside.
- v. To linger (on) a particular thought, idea etc.; to remain fixated (on).
- v. To be in a given state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To delay; to linger.
- intransitive v. To abide; to remain; to continue.
- intransitive v. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside.
- transitive v. To inhabit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To linger; delay; continue; stay; remain.
- To abide as a permanent resident; reside; have abode or habitation permanently or for some time.
- To live; be; exist: without reference to place.
- To continue on; occupy a long time with; speak or write about at great length or with great fullness: as, to dwell on a note in music; to dwell upon a subject.
- Synonyms Abide, Sojourn, Continue, etc. See abide.
- To inhabit.
- To place as an inhabitant; plant.
- n. In printing, the brief continuation of pressure in the taking of an impression on a hand-press or an Adams press, supposed to set or fasten the ink more firmly in the paper.
- n. An automatic pause in the action of one part of a machine to enable another part to complete its work; specifically, in a sheet-metal drawing-press, a pause in the motion of one die to enable another to continue its work, or a pause in the motion of the two dies to enhance the effect of their combined pressure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come back to
- v. think moodily or anxiously about something
- v. inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
- v. originate (in)
- v. exist or be situated within
Middle English dwellen, from Old English dwellan, to mislead, delay, dwell.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse dvelja to Old English dwellan. Cognates include Danish dvæle and Swedish dväljas. (Wiktionary)