verb (past and past participle dwelt or dwelled)[no object]
- 1 [with adverbial of place] • formal Live in or at a specified place: groups of gypsies still dwell in these caves (as adjective, in combination -dwelling) bottom-dwelling fishMore example sentences
- She pleased the many tourists that flocked to see the gypsy caravan that dwelt in the forest.
- The light made her squint and cower back, like some animal that had dwelled in caves for all time.
- This was where the people I truly considered my kin dwelt.
- 2 (dwell on/upon) Think, speak, or write at length about (a particular subject, especially one that is a source of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction): I’ve got better things to do than dwell on the pastMore example sentences
- The Law Commission too dwelt on the subject extensively.
- Earlier, he dwelt on the subjects of environment and the Yamuna river.
- Generally speaking, I think dwelling on other designers gets in the way of the work.
- 2.1 (dwell on/upon) (Of one’s eyes or attention) linger on (a particular object or place): she let her eyes dwell on them for a momentMore example sentences
- He dwelt with fastidious detail on her figure and the cleanliness of her fingernails.
- The camera dwells lovingly on bookshelves, there are close ups of book covers and their spines, the title page and the endpapers.
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- A slight regular pause in the motion of a machine.More example sentences
- The interim dwell takes place before the second substep and includes the hydrolysis reaction.
- The calculation of Eq. 32 assumes that there is no correlation between the dwells at very long dwell times.
- When the particle emits enough photons and the dwell time is such that photons emitted by a specific particle are registered in consecutive series of dwells, the intensities in these dwells become correlated with one another.
- [in combination]: city-dwellersMore example sentences
- Though rural dwellers juggle various occupations, many remain subsistence farmers in the last instance.
- Dimidiochromis compressiceps is a sand dweller that inhabits the shallow marshy areas.
- Neighbouring condo dwellers hang outside on their balconies watching the festivities.
Old English dwellan 'lead astray, hinder, delay' (in Middle English 'tarry, remain in a place'), of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwellen 'stun, perplex' and Old Norse dvelja 'delay, tarry, stay'.