- IPA: /wɛl/
- Rhymes: -ɛl
- ( manner ) Accurately, competently .
- ( manner ) Completely, fully .
- ( degree ) To a significant degree .
- 1995 Feb, Luke Timothy Johnson, “The New Testament and the examined life: Thoughts on teaching”, Christian Century, volume 112, number 4, page 108:
- 2000, Colin Robinson, “Energy Economists and Economic Liberalism”, Energy Journal, volume 21, number 2, page 1:
- 2006, Spider Robinson, Callahan's legacy:
- ( degree, UK, slang ) Very ( as a general-purpose intensifier ).
- 1999, "Drummond Pearson", What Ash are doing right now... ( on Internet newsgroup alt.music.ash )
- 2002, "jibaili", FIFA 2003 How is it? ( on Internet newsgroup microsoft.public.xbox )
- 2003, Steve Eddy, Empower, Book 2
- In good health .
- ( archaic ) Prudent; good; well-advised.
- Used to acknowledge a statement or situation .
- An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled .
- Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something .
- Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause .
- well, well
- A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids .
- A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally, a spring .
- A small depression suitable for holding liquid, or other objects .
- ( nautical ) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate .
- ( nautical ) The cockpit of a sailboat .
- A well drink .
- ( video games ) The playfield of the video game Tetris .
- enPR: wēl, IPA: /wiːl/, /wiəl/, /wɪl/, X-SAMPA: /wi:l/
- the children behaved well
- a task well done
- the party went well
- he slept well
- a well-argued thesis
- a well-seasoned dish
- a well-planned party
- The problem is well understood
- she was well informed
- shake well before using
- in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked
- well-done beef,
- well-satisfied customers
- the project was well underway
- the fetus has well developed organs
- his father was well pleased with his grades
- They live well
- she married well
- she dances well
- he writes well
- Well n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. See Well, v. i.]
1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well. Milton.
2. A pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in.
The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. John iv. 11.
3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. “This well of mercy.” Chaucer.
Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled. Spenser.
A well of serious thought and pure. Keble.
5. ( Naut. ) An inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection. A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water for the preservation of fish alive while they are transported to market. A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water. A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit.
6. ( Mil. ) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
7. ( Arch. ) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
8. ( Metal. ) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
Artesian well, Driven well. See under Artesian, and Driven. -- Pump well. ( Naut. ) See Well, 5 above. -- Well boring, the art or process of boring an artesian well. -- Well drain. A drain or vent for water, somewhat like a well or pit, serving to discharge the water of wet land. A drain conducting to a well or pit. -- Well room. A room where a well or spring is situated; especially, one built over a mineral spring. ( Naut. ) A depression in the bottom of a boat, into which water may run, and whence it is thrown out with a scoop. -- Well sinker, one who sinks or digs wells. -- Well sinking, the art or process of sinking or digging wells. -- Well staircase ( Arch. ), a staircase having a wellhole ( see Wellhole ), as distinguished from one which occupies the whole of the space left for it in the floor. -- Well sweep. Same as Sweep, n., 12. -- Well water, the water that flows into a well from subterraneous springs; the water drawn from a well.
- Well v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Welling.] [OE. wellen, AS. wyllan, wellan, fr. weallan; akin to OFries. walla, OS. & OHG. wallan, G. wallen, Icel. vella, G. welle, wave, OHG. wella, walm, AS. wylm; cf. L. volvere to roll, Gr. to inwrap, to roll. Cf. Voluble, Wallop to boil, Wallow, Weld of metal.] To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring. “[Blood] welled from out the wound.” Dryden. “[Yon spring] wells softly forth.” Bryant.
From his two springs in Gojam's sunny realm,
Pure welling out, he through the lucid lake
Of fair Dambea rolls his infant streams. Thomson.
- Well, v. t. To pour forth, as from a well. Spenser.
- Well, adv. [Compar. and superl. wanting, the deficiency being supplied by better and best, from another root.] [OE. wel, AS. wel; akin to OS., OFries., & D. wel, G. wohl, OHG. wola, wela, Icel. & Dan. vel, Sw. väl, Goth. waíla; originally meaning, according to one's will or wish. See Will, v. t., and cf. Wealth.]
1. In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.
If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. Gen. iv. 7.
2. Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.
Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere. Gen. xiii. 10.
WE are wellable to overcome it. Num. xiii. 30.
She looketh well to the ways of her household. Prov. xxxi. 27.
Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought
The better fight. Milton.
3. Fully or about; -- used with numbers. [Obs.] “Well a ten or twelve.” Chaucer.
Well nine and twenty in a company. Chaucer.
4. In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently. “It boded well to you.” Dryden.
In measure what the mind may well contain. Milton.
All the world speaks well of you. Pope.
5. Considerably; not a little; far.
Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age. Gen. xviii. 11.
☞ Well is sometimes used elliptically for it is well, as an expression of satisfaction with what has been said or done, and sometimes it expresses concession, or is merely expletive; as, well, the work is done; well, let us go; well, well, be it so.
☞ Well, like above, ill, and so, is used before many participial adjectives in its usual adverbial senses, and subject to the same custom with regard to the use of the hyphen ( see the Note under Ill, adv. ); as, a well-affected supporter; he was well affected toward the project; a well-trained speaker; he was well trained in speaking; well-educated, or well educated; well-dressed, or well dressed; well-appearing; well-behaved; well-controlled; well-designed; well-directed; well-formed; well-meant; well-minded; well-ordered; well-performed; well-pleased; well-pleasing; well-seasoned; well-steered; well-tasted; well-told, etc. Such compound epithets usually have an obvious meaning, and since they may be formed at will, only a few of this class are given in the Vocabulary.
As well. See under As. -- As well as, and also; together with; not less than; one as much as the other; as, “a sickness long, as well as severe; London is the largest city in England, as well as the capital”. -- Well enough, well or good in a moderate degree; so as to give satisfaction, or so as to require no alteration. -- Well off, in good condition; especially, in good condition as to property or any advantages; thriving; prosperous. -- Well to do, well off; prosperous; -- used also adjectively. “The class well to do in the world.” J. H. Newman. -- Well to live, in easy circumstances; well off; well to do. Shak.
- Well, a.
1. Good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, “it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered”.
It was well with us in Egypt. Num. xi. 18.
2. Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, “a well man; the patient is perfectly well”. “Your friends are well.” Shak.
Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Gen. xliii. 27.
3. Being in favor; favored; fortunate.
He followed the fortunes of that family, and was well with Henry the Fourth. Dryden.
4. ( Marine Insurance ) Safe; as, “a chip warranted well at a certain day and place”. Burrill.
From Middle English wel, wal, wol, wele, from Old English wel, wæl, well ( “well, abundantly, very, very easily, very much, fully, quite, nearly” ), from Proto-Germanic *walō ( “well”, literally “as wished, as desired” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- ( “wish, desire” ). Cognate with Scots wele, weil ( “well” ), North Frisian wel, weil, wal ( “well” ), West Frisian wol ( “well” ), Dutch wel ( “well” ), Low German wol ( “well” ), German wol, wohl ( “well” ), Danish vel ( “well” ), Swedish väl ( “well” ), Icelandic vel, val ( “well” ). Related to will .
Old English well ( “well” )
Old English weallan. Cognate with German wallen ( “boil, seethe” ), Danish vælde ( “gush” ) .
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