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Meaning of dwelling by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈdwɛl.ɪŋ/, SAMPA: /"dwEl.IN/
    • Rhymes: -ɛlɪŋ


    dwelling ( plural: dwellings )

    1. A habitation; a place or house in which a person lives; abode; domicile .
      The old house served as a dwelling for Albert .
      Philip's dwelling fronted on the street. - Alfred Tennyson


    • See also Wikisaurus:abode

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    • dwelling in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913



    1. Present participle of dwell .
      I was dwelling in the cave .

Explanation of dwelling by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. housing that someone is living in

    2. he built a modest dwelling near the pond

    Definition of dwelling by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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. dväljas to dwell, Dan. dvæle 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. Wordsworth.

      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. Smith.

      To dwell in, to abide in ( a place ); hence, to depend on. “My hopes in heaven to dwell.” Shak. -- To dwell on or To dwell 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.

    2. Dwelling, n. Habitation; place or house in which a person lives; abode; domicile.

      Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons. Jer. xlix. 33.

      God will deign

      To visit oft the dwellings of just men. Milton.

      Philip's dwelling fronted on the street. Tennyson.

      Dwelling house, a house intended to be occupied as a residence, in distinction from a store, office, or other building. -- Dwelling place, place of residence.