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A past tense and a past participle of dwell.



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 ?
They dwelt in a fussy, scroll-work house, painted white and buried in thick evergreens, with a fussy white fence and barn.
In the presence of others she expressed admiration for his exalted gifts, as she handed the photograph around and dwelt upon the fidelity of the likeness.
When it is remembered that the Dutch (who first settled New York), the English, and the French, all gave appellations to the tribes that dwelt within the country which is the scene of this story, and that the Indians not only gave different names to their enemies, but frequently to themselves, the cause of the confusion will be understood.
This old town of Salem -- my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it both in boyhood and maturer years -- possesses, or did possess, a hold on my affection, the force of which I have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here.
Hitherto, in descriptively treating of the Sperm Whale, I have chiefly dwelt upon the marvels of his outer aspect; or separately and in detail upon some few interior structural features.
For twenty-five years old Antanas Rudkus and his son had dwelt in the forest together, and it was hard to part in this way; perhaps it was just as well that Jurgis had to give all his attention to the task of having a funeral without being bankrupted, and so had no time to indulge in memories and grief.
Eventually, he hid himself away, on the heights of Mount Pilatus, and dwelt alone among the clouds and crags for years; but rest and peace were still denied him, so he finally put an end to his misery by drowning himself.