Definition and Meanings for well

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Well is ranked 14,371 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of well

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, adverb, comparative, superlative, adjective

Etymology of well

oe. welle, as. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to d. wel a spring or fountain. well, v. i.pos 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. voluble, wallop to boil, wallow, weld of metal oe. wel, as. wel; akin to os., ofries., & d. wel, g. wohl, ohg. wola, wela, icel. & dan. vel, sw. v, goth. wa; originally meaning, according to one'

Meaning of well

as noun, intransitive verb

  • an issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
  • 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.
  • a shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
  • fig.: a source of supply; fountain; wellspring.
  • 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.
  • a hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
  • an opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
  • the lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.

as noun

    as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

    • to issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

    as transitive verb

    • to pour forth, as from a well.

    as adverb, comparative, superlative, transitive verb

    • in a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.
    • suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.
    • fully or about; -- used with numbers.
    • in such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
    • considerably; not a little; far.

    as adverb

      as adjective

      • 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.
      • being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well.
      • being in favor; favored; fortunate.
      • safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place.
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