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English

Etymology

From Old Norse dvelja [1] to Old English dwellan. Cognates include Danish dvæle

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
dwell

Plural
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  1. A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.
  2. (electric) A planned delay in a timed control program.
  3. (automotive) In a petrol engine, the period of time the ignition points are closed to let current flow through the ignition coil in between each spark. This is measured as an angle in degrees around the camshaft in the distributor which controls the points, for example in a 4-cylinder engine it might be 55° (spark at 90° intervals, points closed for 55° between each).

Verb

Infinitive
to dwell

Third person singular
dwells

Simple past
dwelt or dwelled

Past participle
-

Present participle
dwelling

to dwell (third-person singular simple present dwells, present participle dwelling, simple past and past participle dwelt or dwelled)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To live; to reside.

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ According to ODS "(eng. dwell er laan fra nord.)", "English dwell is a loanword from Old Norse"
  2. ^ Oxford-Paravia Concise - Dizionario Inglese-Italiano e Italiano-Inglese (in collaborazione con Oxford University Press). Edited by Maria Cristina Bareggi. Torino: Paravia, 2003. ISBN 8839551107. Online version here
  • "dwell" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

dwell” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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