Meaning of dwell

dwell

Pronunciation: (dwel), [key]
— v., n. dwelt dwelled, dwell•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
  2. to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness.
  3. to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often fol. by on or upon): to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
  4. (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
—n.
    1. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
    2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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