dwelt


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dwelt

 (dwĕlt)
v.
A past tense and a past participle of dwell.

dwell

(dwɛl)

v. dwelt dwelled, dwell•ing. v.i.
1. to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
2. to exist or continue in a given condition or state.
3. (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
4. dwell on or upon, to think, speak, or write about at length or with persistence; linger over.
[before 900; Middle English: to lead astray, stun, abide, Old English dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; c. Old High German twellen, Old Norse dvelja]
dwell′er, n.
References in classic literature ?
These were they that dwelt in Hyria and rocky Aulis, and who held Schoenus, Scolus, and the highlands of Eteonus, with Thespeia, Graia, and the fair city of Mycalessus.
In 1779 an expedition was sent against the hostile Indians, who dwelt about a hundred miles west of Otsego, on the banks of the Cayuga.
As Edmond passed the door on the fourth floor, he paused to inquire whether Caderousse the tailor still dwelt there; but he received, for reply, that the person in question had got into difficulties, and at the present time kept a small inn on the route from Bellegarde to Beaucaire.