Pronunciation: (dwel),[key] —v.,dwelt or dwelled, dwell•ing, —n.
—v.i. 1. to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
2. to live or continue in a given condition or state: to dwell in happiness. 3. to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often fol. by on or upon): to dwell on a particular point in an argument. 4. (of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
—n. Mach. a. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
b. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.