Associations to the word «Dwell»


DWELL, noun. (engineering) A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state.
DWELL, noun. (engineering) A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.
DWELL, noun. (electrical engineering) A planned delay in a timed control program.
DWELL, noun. (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, verb. (intransitive) (now literary) To live; to reside.
DWELL, verb. (intransitive) To linger (on) a particular thought, idea etc.; to remain fixated (on).
DWELL, verb. (intransitive) (engineering) To be in a given state.
DWELL, verb. (intransitive) To abide; to remain; to continue.
DWELL ON, verb. (transitive) To continue to think or talk about (something or someone).
DWELL TIME, noun. (chiefly engineering) The period of time that a system or element of a system remains in a given state.
DWELL TIME, noun. (military) The duty time soldiers have at their domestic home base between foreign deployments.
DWELL TIMES, noun. Plural of dwell time
DWELL UPON, verb. (transitive) A slightly more formal form of dwell on.

Dictionary definition

DWELL, verb. Think moodily or anxiously about something.
DWELL, verb. Originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country".
DWELL, verb. Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of; "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods".
DWELL, verb. Exist or be situated within; "Strange notions inhabited her mind".
DWELL, verb. Come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things".

Wise words

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles de Gaulle