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dwelt

[dwelt] /dwɛlt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of dwell.

dwell

[dwel] /dwɛl/
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwelling.
1.
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
2.
to live or continue in a given condition or state:
to dwell in happiness.
3.
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon):
to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
4.
(of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
noun
5.
Machinery.
  1. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
  2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, Old English dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; cognate with Old Norse dvelja
Related forms
dweller, noun
outdwell, verb (used with object), outdwelt or outdwelled, outdwelling.
predwell, verb (used without object)
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  • It has, in this its second life, dwelt with us for nearly four prosperous months.
  • Peasants there dwelt in filthy one-room hovels heated by an open fire.
  • These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
  • Her virtue had dwelt in hardness, and she had poured forth her unstinted usefulness with a bitter smile upon her lips.
  • They said, they desired to know where he dwelt: and he bade them come and see.
  • It is a seminal work describing the tenements and the people who dwelt in them.
  • It is too well known, however, to be dwelt upon here.
  • As fierce monotheists, they rejected the idea that gods and goddesses dwelt in particular places.
  • Yet, the telephone conversation dwelt extensively on personal matters with only a sentence or two about the license plate.
British Dictionary definitions for dwelt

dwelt

/dwɛlt/
verb
1.
a past tense of dwell

dwell

/dwɛl/
verb (intransitive) dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt), dwelled
1.
(formal, literary) to live as a permanent resident
2.
to live (in a specified state): to dwell in poverty
noun
3.
a regular pause in the operation of a machine
4.
a flat or constant-radius portion on a linear or rotary cam enabling the cam follower to remain static for a brief time
Derived Forms
dweller, noun
Word Origin
Old English dwellan to seduce, get lost; related to Old Saxon bidwellian to prevent, Old Norse dvelja, Old High German twellen to prevent
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Word Origin and History for dwelt

dwell

v.

Old English dwellan "to mislead, deceive," originally "to make a fool of, lead astray," from Proto-Germanic *dwaljanan (cf. Old Norse dvöl "delay," dvali "sleep;" Middle Dutch dwellen "to stun, make giddy, perplex;" Old High German twellen "to hinder, delay;" Danish dvale "trance, stupor," dvaelbær "narcotic berry," source of Middle English dwale "nightshade"), from PIE *dhwel-, from root *dheu- (1) "dust, cloud, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").

Related to Old English gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in Middle English through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (mid-13c.). Related: Dwelled; dwelt; dwells.

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dwelt in the Bible

Tents were in primitive times the common dwellings of men. Houses were afterwards built, the walls of which were frequently of mud (Job 24:16; Matt. 6:19, 20) or of sun-dried bricks. God "dwells in light" (1 Tim. 6:16; 1 John 1:7), in heaven (Ps. 123:1), in his church (Ps. 9:11; 1 John 4:12). Christ dwelt on earth in the days of his humiliation (John 1:14). He now dwells in the hearts of his people (Eph. 3:17-19). The Holy Spirit dwells in believers (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14). We are exhorted to "let the word of God dwell in us richly" (Col. 3:16; Ps. 119:11). Dwell deep occurs only in Jer. 49:8, and refers to the custom of seeking refuge from impending danger, in retiring to the recesses of rocks and caverns, or to remote places in the desert.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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