Definitions for: Well

[n] a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
[n] an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
[n] an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
[n] a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
[n] an abundant source; "she was a well of information"
[adv] (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard; "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-planned party"; (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well' as in"the baby can walk pretty good")
[adv] without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"
[adv] indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"
[adv] thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated"
[adv] favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"
[adv] to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"
[adv] in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
[adv] in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
[adv] to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially"
[adv] with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"
[adv] with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"
[adv] with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"
[adv] (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"
[adj] in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think I'm well; at least I feel well"
[v] come up, as of liquids; "Tears well in her eyes"

Webster (1913) Definition: Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to
well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain.
????. See Well, v. i.]
1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.

Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well. --Milton.

2. 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.

The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to
draw with, and the well is deep. --John iv. 11.

3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.

4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. ``This
well of mercy.'' --Chaucer.

Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled. --Spenser.

A well of serious thought and pure. --Keble.

5. (Naut.)
(a) 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
(b) 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.
(c) A vertical passage in the stern into which an
auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of
(d) A depressed space in the after part of the deck; --
often called the cockpit.

6. (Mil.) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from
which run branches or galleries.

7. (Arch.) An opening through the floors of a building, as
for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.

8. (Metal.) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal

Artesian well, Driven well. See under Artesian, and

Pump well. (Naut.) See Well, 5
(a), above.

Well boring, the art or process of boring an artesian well.

Well drain.
(a) A drain or vent for water, somewhat like a well or
pit, serving to discharge the water of wet land.
(b) A drain conducting to a well or pit.

Well room.
(a) A room where a well or spring is situated; especially,
one built over a mineral spring.
(b) (Naut.) A depression in the bottom of a boat, into
which water may run, and whence it is thrown out with
a scoop.

Well sinker, one who sinks or digs wells.

Well sinking, the art or process of sinking or digging

Well staircase (Arch.), a staircase having a wellhole (see
(b) ), as distinguished from one which occupies the whole
of the space left for it in the floor.

Well sweep. Same as Sweep, n., 12.

Well water, the water that flows into a well from
subterraneous springs; the water drawn from a well.

Well, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Welled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Welling.] [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. ? to inwrap, ? to roll. Cf. Voluble,
Wallop to boil, Wallow, Weld of metal.]
To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
``[Blood] welled from out the wound.'' --Dryden. ``[Yon
spring] wells softly forth.'' --Bryant.

From his two springs in Gojam's sunny realm, Pure
welling out, he through the lucid lake Of fair Dambea
rolls his infant streams. --Thomson.

Well, v. t.
To pour forth, as from a well. --Spenser.

Well, adv. [Compar. and superl. wanting, the deficiency
being supplied by better and best, from another root.] [OE.
wel, AS. wel; akin to OS., OFries., & D. wel, G. wohl, OHG.
wola, wela, Icel. & Dan. vel, Sw. v["a]l, Goth. wa['i]la;
originally meaning, according to one's will or wish. See
Will, v. t., and cf. Wealth.]
1. In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or

If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
--Gen. iv. 7.

2. Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a
proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully;
adequately; thoroughly.

Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it
was well watered everywhere. --Gen. xiii.

WE are wellable to overcome it. --Num. xiii.

She looketh well to the ways of her household.
--Prov. xxxi.

Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought The
better fight. --Milton.

3. Fully or about; -- used with numbers. [Obs.] ``Well a ten
or twelve.'' --Chaucer.

Well nine and twenty in a company. --Chaucer.

4. In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish;
satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
``It boded well to you.'' --Dryden.

Know In measure what the mind may well contain.

All the world speaks well of you. --Pope.

5. Considerably; not a little; far.

Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age.
--Gen. xviii.

Note: Well is sometimes used elliptically for it is well, as
an expression of satisfaction with what has been said
or done, and sometimes it expresses concession, or is
merely expletive; as, well, the work is done; well, let
us go; well, well, be it so.

Note: Well, like above, ill, and so, is used before many
participial adjectives in its usual adverbial senses,
and subject to the same custom with regard to the use
of the hyphen (see the Note under Ill, adv.); as, a
well-affected supporter; he was well affected toward
the project; a well-trained speaker; he was well
trained in speaking; well-educated, or well educated;
well-dressed, or well dressed; well-appearing;
well-behaved; well-controlled; well-designed;
well-directed; well-formed; well-meant; well-minded;
well-ordered; well-performed; well-pleased;
well-pleasing; well-seasoned; well-steered;
well-tasted; well-told, etc. Such compound epithets
usually have an obvious meaning, and since they may be
formed at will, only a few of this class are given in
the Vocabulary.

As well. See under As.

As well as, and also; 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 England, as well as the

Well enough, well or good in a moderate degree; so as to
give satisfaction, or so as to require no alteration.

Well off, in good condition; especially, in good condition
as to property or any advantages; thriving; prosperous.

Well to do, well off; prosperous; -- used also adjectively.
``The class well to do in the world.'' --J. H. Newman.

Well to live, in easy circumstances; well off; well to do.

Well, a.
1. 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

It was well with us in Egypt. --Num. xi. 18.

2. Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or
sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly
well. ``Your friends are well.'' --Shak.

Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?
--Gen. xliii.

3. Being in favor; favored; fortunate.

He followed the fortunes of that family, and was
well with Henry the Fourth. --Dryden.

4. (Marine Insurance) Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a
certain day and place. --Burrill.

Synonyms: advantageously, all right, asymptomatic, comfortably, considerably, cured, easily, fine, fountainhead, good, good(p), healed, intimately, recovered, substantially, swell, symptomless, wellspring

Antonyms: badly, disadvantageously, ill, ill, poorly, sick

See Also: artesian well, bilge well, come up, compartment, driven well, excavation, fit, gas well, healthy, hole in the ground, inkstand, inkwell, oil well, oiler, rise, rise up, shaft, source, stairwell, sump, surface, tube well, vessel

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