Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dwell"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dwell \Dwell\, v. t.
To inhabit. [R.] --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dwell \Dwell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwelled}, usually contracted
into {Dwelt} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwelling}.] [OE. dwellen,
dwelien, to err, linger, AS. dwellan to deceive, hinder,
delay, dwelian to err; akin to Icel. dvelja to delay, tarry,
Sw. dv["a]ljas to dwell, Dan. dv[ae]le to linger, and to E.
dull. See {Dull}, and cf. {Dwale}.]
1. To delay; to linger. [Obs.]

2. To abide; to remain; to continue.

I 'll rather dwell in my necessity. --Shak.

Thy soul was like a star and dwelt apart.

3. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live
in a place; to reside.

The parish in which I was born, dwell, and have
possessions. --Peacham.

The poor man dwells in a humble cottage near the
hall where the lord of the domain resides. --C. J.

{To dwell in}, to abide in (a place); hence, to depend on.
``My hopes in heaven to dwell.'' --Shak.

{To dwell on} or {upon}, to continue long on or in; to remain
absorbed with; to stick to; to make much of; as, to dwell
upon a subject; a singer dwells on a note.

They stand at a distance, dwelling on his looks and
language, fixed in amazement. --Buckminster.

Syn: To inhabit; live; abide; sojourn; reside; continue;
stay; rest.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: think moodily or anxiously about something [syn: {brood}, {worry}]
2: originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices
in this country" [syn: {consist}, {lie}, {belong}, {lie in}]
3: make one's home or live in; "There are only 250,000 people
in Iceland"; "I live in a 200-year old house"; "These
people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted";
"The plains are sparsely populated" [syn: {shack}, {reside},
{live}, {inhabit}, {people}, {populate}]
4: come back to; "Don't dwell on the past" [syn: {harp}]

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