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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]