WELL, n. [G., a spring; to spring, to issue forth, to gush, to well, to swell. G., a wave. On this word I suppose swell to be formed.]1. A spring; a fountain; the issuing of water from the earth.Begin then, sisters of the sacred well. [In this sense obsolete.]2. A pit or cylindrical hole, sunk perpendicularly into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, and walled with stone to prevent the earth from caving in.3. In ships, an apartment in the middle of a ships hold, to inclose the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck.4. In a fishing vessel, an apartment in the middle of the hold, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated int he bottom to let in fresh water for the preservation of fish, while they are transported to market.5. In the military art, a hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
WELL, a. [Sax. wel or well; G. wohl; D. wel; Sw. väl, Dan. vel; W. gwell, better; gwella, to make better, to mend, to improve; Arm. guellaat; L. valeo, to be strong Gr. ολος, whole, and ουλω, to be well; Sans. bala, bali, strength. The primary sense of valeo is to strain, stretch, whence to advance, to prevail, to gain, according to our vulgar phrase, to get ahead, which coincides with prosper, Gr. προσφερω. I do not find well used in other languages as an adjective, but it is so used in English. See Weal.]
- Being in health; having a sound body, with a regular performance of the natural and proper functions of all the organs; applied to animals; as, a well man; the patient has recovered, and is perfectly well.
While you are well, you may do much good. – Taylor.
Is your father well? – Gen. xliii.
- Fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy. It well for us that we are sequestered so far from the rest of the world.
It was well with us in Egypt. – Numb. xi.
- Being in favor.
He was well with Henry the Fourth. – Dryden.
- In a proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly. – James.
If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. – Gen. iv.
- Skillfully; with due art; as, the work is well done; he writes well; he rides well; the plot is well laid, and well executed.
- Sufficiently; abundantly.
Lot … beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where. – Gen. xiii.
- Very much; to a degree that gives pleasure. I liked the entertainment well.
- Favorably; with praise.
All the world speaks well of you. – Pope.
- Conveniently; suitably; advantageously. This is all the mind can well contain. I can not well attend the meeting.
- To a sufficient decree; perfectly. I know not well how to execute this task.
- Thoroughly; fully. Let the cloth be well cleansed. Let the steel be well polished.
She looketh well to the ways of her household. – Prov. xxx.
- Fully; adequately.
We are well able to overcome it. – Numb. xiii.
- Far; as, to be well advanced in life.
As well as, 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 Europe, as well as the principal banking city.
Well enough, in a moderate degree; so as to give satisfaction or so as to require no alteration.
Well is him, seems to be elliptical for well is to him.
To be well of, to be in a good condition, especially as to property.
Well is sometimes used elliptically for it is well, and as a expression of satisfaction with what has been said or done and sometimes it is merely expletive. Well, the work done. Well, let us go. Well, well, be it so.
Well is prefixed to many words, expressing what is right, laudable, or not defective; as, well-affected; well-designed; well-directed; well-ordered; well-formed; well-meant; well-minded; well-seasoned; well-tasted.
WELL, n. [Sax. well, a spring or fountain; wellan, to well, to boil or bubble, to spring, to rise; D. wel, wellen, id.; G. quelle, a spring; quellen, to spring, to issue forth, to gush, to well, to swell; wallen, to swell In G. welle is a wave. On this word I suppose swell to be formed.]
- A spring; a fountain; the issuing of water from the earth.
Begin then, sisters of the sacred well. – Milton.
[In this sense, obsolete.]
- A pit or cylindrical hole, sunk perpendicularly into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, sad walled with stone to prevent the earth from caving in.
- In ships, an apartment in the middle of a ship's hold, to inclose the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck. – Mar. Dict.
- In a fishing vessel, an apartment in the middle of the hold, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in fresh water for the preservation of fish, while they are transported to market. – Mar. Dict.
- In the military art, a hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries. – Cyc.
WELL, v.i. [Sax. wellan.]
To spring; to issue forth, as water from the earth. [Little used.] – Spenser. Dryden.
To pour forth. [Obs.] Spenser.
- An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a
- To issue forth, as water from
the earth; to flow; to spring.
- To pour forth, as from a
- In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not
ill or wickedly.
- 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.
- Contraction for we will or we
- 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
- Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or
to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately;
- Being in health; sound in body; not ailing,
diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly
- A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or
- Fully or about; -- used with numbers.
- Being in favor; favored; fortunate.
- Fig.: A source of supply; fountain;
- In such manner as is desirable; so as one could
wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
- Safe; as, a chip
warranted well at a certain day and place.
- 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
- Considerably; not a little; far.
- 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.