Dwell Definition

dwelled, dwelling, dwells, dwelt
dwelled, dwelling, dwells, dwelt
To make one's home; reside; live.
Webster's New World
To exist in a given place or state.
Dwell in joy.
American Heritage
To fasten one's attention on something, especially moodily or persistently.
Kept dwelling on what went wrong.
American Heritage
To speak or write at length; expatiate.
Dwelt on the need to trim the budget.
American Heritage

(intransitive) To linger (on) a particular thought, idea etc.; to remain fixated (on).

(engineering) A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state.

(engineering) A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.


(electrical engineering) A planned delay in a timed control program.


(automotive) 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).

dwell on
  • to linger over in thought or speech; think about or discuss at length
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Dwell

Origin of Dwell

  • From Old English dwellan, which is from or cognate to Old Norse dvelja. Cognates include Danish dvæle and Swedish dväljas.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English dwellen from Old English dwellan to mislead, delay, dwell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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