AskDefine | Define dwell

Dictionary Definition



1 think moodily or anxiously about something [syn: brood]
2 originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: consist, lie, belong, lie in]
3 make one's home or live in; "She resides officially in Iceland"; "I live in a 200-year old house"; "These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted"; "The plains are sparsely populated" [syn: shack, reside, live, inhabit, people, populate, domicile, domiciliate]
4 come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things" [syn: harp] [also: dwelt]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /dwel/, /dwel/


  1. A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.
  2. (electric) A planned delay in a timed control program.
  3. 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).


  1. In the context of "intransitive|formal|literary": To live; to reside.

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Extensive Definition

Dwell means to live in a place. Other meanings:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, berth, bide, bunk, carry on, cohabit, continue, continue to be, defeat time, defy time, dig, domicile, domiciliate, doss down, emphasize, endure, exist, extend, focus on, go on, hang out, harp on, hold, hold on, hold out, inhabit, inhere, keep, keep on, labor, last, last long, last out, lie, live, live on, live through, lodge, maintain, nest, occupy, perch, perdure, perennate, persist, persist in, prevail, remain, reside, rest, room, roost, run, run on, squat, stand, stay, stay on, stress, subsist, survive, sustain, tarry, tenant, tide over, wear, wear well
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