KJV Dictionary Definition: dwell


DWELL, v.i. pret. dwelled, usually contracted into dwelt. See Dally.

1. To abide as a permanent resident, or to inhabit for a time; to live in a place; to have a habitation for some time or permanence.

God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem. Genesis 9.

Dwell imports a residence of some continuance. We use abide for the resting of a night or an hour; but we never say, he dwelt in a place a day or a night. Dwell may signify a residence for life or for a much shorter period, but not for a day. In scripture, it denotes a residence of seven days during the feast of tabernacles.

Ye shall dwell in booths seven days. Leviticus 23.

The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. John 1.

2. To be in any state or condition; to continue.

To dwell in doubtful joy.

3. To continue; to be fixed in attention; to hang upon with fondness.

The attentive queen dwelt on his accents.

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

4. To continue long; as, to dwell on a subject, in speaking, debate or writing; to dwell on a note in music.

Dwell, as a verb transitive, is not used. We who dwell this wild, in Milton, is not a legitimate phrase.


DWELL'ING, ppr. Inhabiting; residing; sojourning; continuing with fixed attention.

DWELL'ING, n. Habitation; place of residence; abode.

Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons. Jer.49.

1. Continuance; residence; state of life.

Thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. Dan.4.