Pronunciation: (wel),[key] —adv., adj.,compar.bet•ter,superl.best, —interj., n.
—adv. 1. in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well. 2. thoroughly, carefully, or soundly: to shake well before using; listen well. 3. in a moral or proper manner: to behave well. 4. commendably, meritoriously, or excellently: a difficult task well done. 5. with propriety, justice, or reason: I could not well refuse. 6. adequately or sufficiently: Think well before you act. 7. to a considerable extent or degree: a sum well over the amount agreed upon. 8. with great or intimate knowledge: to know a person well. 9. certainly; without doubt: I anger easily, as you well know. 10. with good nature; without rancor: He took the joke well. 11. as well, a. in addition; also; too: She insisted ondirecting the play and on producing it as well. b. equally: The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate. 12. as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as: Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
—adj. 1. in good health; sound in body and mind: Are you well? He is not a well man. 2. satisfactory, pleasing, or good: All is well with us. 3. proper, fitting, or gratifying: It is well that you didn't go. 4. in a satisfactory position; well-off: I am very well as I am. 5. leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.
—interj. 1. (used to express surprise, reproof, etc.): Well! There's no need to shout. 2. (used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.): Well, who would have thought he could do it?
—n. well-being; good fortune; success: to wish well to someone.
Pronunciation: (wel),[key] —n. 1. a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.
2. a spring or natural source of water.
3. an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.: He was a well of gentleness and courtesy. 4. a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid: the well of ink in a fountain pen. 5. any sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.
6. Naut. a. a part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
b. a compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
7. a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.
8. any shaft dug or bored into the earth, as for storage space or a mine.
—v.i. to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often fol. by up, out, or forth): Tears welled up in my eyes.
—v.t. to send welling up or forth: a fountain welling its pure water.
—adj. like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.
Pronunciation: (wēl; unstressed wil),[key] contraction of we will.