[wel] or [wɛl]
(noun.) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine.
(noun.) 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.
(noun.) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway).
(noun.) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid.
(noun.) an abundant source; 'she was a well of information'.
(verb.) come up, as of a liquid; 'Tears well in her eyes'; 'the currents well up'.
(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' .
(adj.) wise or advantageous and hence advisable; 'it would be well to start early' .
(adv.) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); 'the children behaved well'; 'a task well done'; 'the party went well'; 'he slept well'; 'a well-argued thesis'; 'a well-seasoned dish'; 'a well-planned party'; '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'.
(v. i.) An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
(v. i.) Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) 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.
(v. i.) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water.
(v. i.) A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit.
(v. i.) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
(v. i.) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
(v. i.) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
(v. i.) To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
(v. t.) To pour forth, as from a well.
(v. t.) In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.
(v. t.) Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.
(v. t.) Fully or about; -- used with numbers.
(v. t.) In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
(v. t.) Considerably; not a little; far.
(a.) 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.
(a.) Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well.
(a.) Being in favor; favored; fortunate.
(a.) Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place.
n. . Spring, fountain, wellhead, wellspring.. Source, origin.
v. n. Issue, spring, flow.
ad. . Rightly, not ill.. Properly, suitably, correctly, accurately, thoroughly, not amiss.. Sufficiently, abundantly, amply, fully.. Favorably, commendably, with praise.. Highly, very much.. Far, considerably, not a little.. Conveniently, easily.
a. . Healthy, hale, hearty, in health, sound, in good health, not ill, not sick.. Fortunate, happy.. Profitable, convenient, beneficial, expedient, good, useful, advantageous, for one's advantage, for one's interest.
SYN:Hale, healthy, hearty, sound,[See BEHALF]
adj. good in condition: fortunate: comfortable: in health.—n. (Spens.) good health fortune.—adv. in a proper manner: rightly: thoroughly: favourably: conveniently: to a considerable extent: conscientiously: so be it (as a sign of assent).—adjs. Well′-acquaint′ed having intimate personal knowledge; Well′-advised′ prudent.—adv. Well′-anear′ (Shak.) very soon.—adj. Well′-appoint′ed in good trim.—n. Well′-appoint′edness′.—adjs. Well′-bal′anced properly adjusted; Well′-behāved′ becoming in manner.—n. Well′-bē′ing state of being well welfare.—adjs. Well′-beloved′ very dear; Well′-beseem′ing properly becoming; Well′-beseen′ (Spens.) showy in appearance; Well′-born born of a good or respectable family: not of mean birth; Well′-breathed strong of lung; Well′-bred educated to polished manners: of good stock; Well′-condi′tioned in a desirable condition; Well′-conduct′ed properly led: acting properly; Well′-disposed′ favourable.—ns. Well′-do′er a benefactor; Well′-do′ing a doing of what is right or good.—adjs. Well′-earned thoroughly deserved; Well′-ed′ucated having a good education; Well′-famed famous; Well-fā′voured good-looking; Well′-fed fat; Well′-found commendable; Well′-found′ed highly probable; Well′-graced popular; Well′-ground′ed very likely; Well′-informed′ full of varied information; Well′-inten′tioned of upright intentions or purpose; Well′-judged correctly calculated; Well′-knit strongly framed; Well′-known fully known: celebrated: notorious; Well′-lik′ing (Shak.) in good condition: clever smart; Well′-look′ing good-looking; Well′-mann′ered polite: obedient; Well′-marked obvious decided; Well′-mean′ing well-intentioned; Well′-meant rightly intended; Well′-mind′ed favourably inclined.—adv. Well′-nigh nearly: almost.—adjs. Well′-or′dered correctly governed; Well′-pleas′ing acceptable; Well′-plight′ed (Spens.) well folded; Well′-propor′tioned having correct proportions; Well′-read of extensive reading; Well′-reg′ulated well-ordered; Well′-respect′ed highly esteemed; Well-round′ed symmetrical; Well′-seen (Shak.) experienced skilful; Well′-set properly arranged: fitly put together; Well′-spō′ken spoken properly: graceful in speech; Well′-tem′pered (mus.) tuned in equal temperament; Well′-thewed (Spens.) well-educated well-mannered of good disposition; Well′-tim′bered furnished with much timber; Well′-timed opportune: keeping accurate time; Well′-to-do prosperous; Well′-turned accurately rounded or fashioned; Well′-warr′anted having good credit.—ns. Well′-will′er -wish′er one who wills or wishes well.—adjs. Well′-wished (Shak.) held in good-will; Well′-won honestly gained; Well′-worn worn threadbare: (rare) becomingly worn.—adv. Well′y (prov.) well-nigh.—Well done a word of praise bravely! nobly! Well enough in a moderate but sufficient degree; Well met (see Meet); Well off in good circumstances; Well said well done! Well up (coll.) well versed in well acquainted with (with in).—As well as (see As); Just as well all the same: so much the better.
n. a rise of water from the earth: a spring: a pit in the earth whence a supply of water is obtained: an enclosure in a ship's hold round the pumps: the open space in the middle of a staircase: a cavity: an eddy.—v.i. to issue forth as water from the earth: to spring.—ns. Well′-boat -smack a fishing-boat having a well; Well′-bor′ing sinking wells by drilling through rock; Well′-buck′et a vessel for drawing up water from a well; Well′-curb the stone ring built round the mouth of a well; Well′-deck an enclosed space on the deck of a ship; Well′-drain a pit drawing the water from wet land; Well′-dress′ing the festal decoration of wells and springs as at Tissington in Derbyshire on Ascension-day &c.; Well′-head the source of a spring; Well′-hole the pit or shaft of a well; Well′-house a room built over a well; Well′ing an outpouring; Well′-room a room enclosing a mineral well: a cavity in a boat for collecting leakage and rain-water; Well′-sink′er one who digs wells; Well′-sink′ing the act of boring for water; Well′-spring a fountain.—The wells any place where mineral wells are situated.
To dream that you are employed in a well, foretells that you will succumb to adversity through your misapplied energies. You will let strange elements direct your course. To fall into a well, signifies that overwhelming despair will possess you. For one to cave in, promises that enemies' schemes will overthrow your own. To see an empty well, denotes you will be robbed of fortune if you allow strangers to share your confidence. To see one with a pump in it, shows you will have opportunities to advance your prospects. To dream of an artesian well, foretells that your splendid resources will gain you admittance into the realms of knowledge and pleasure. To draw water from a well, denotes the fulfilment of ardent desires. If the water is impure, there will be unpleasantness.
- Yet it was a hard time for sensitive, high-spirited Jo, who meant so well and had apparently done so ill. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- Well, you're not geese, you're swans--anything you like, only do, do leave Miss Sedley alone. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- I can't very well do it myself; because my back's so bad, and my legs are so queer. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Mr Dorrit smiled, and said, Eh, well! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- Bois-Guilbert made an effort to suppress his rising scorn and indignation, the expression of which, he was well aware, would have little availed him. 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- Well, well, I am satisfied. 简·奥斯汀. 曼斯菲尔德庄园.
- He was undeniably a prosperous man, bore his drinking better than others bore their moderation, and, on the whole, flourished like the green bay-tree. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Perhaps you had better go after my friends at once, because the weather is warm, and I can not 'keep' long. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- Better than he thought,--except the last clause. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- A departure was early made in the matter of strengthening the ribs of oak to better meet the strains from the rough seas. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- He gets worse instead of better, I think,' said the elder lady. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- I am much better here,' said Little Dorrit, faintly. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- Let no one suppose that the unwillingness to cultivate what Mr. Wells calls the mental hinterland is a vice peculiar to the business man. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- These wells are now made with larger diameters than formerly, and altogether their construction has been rendered much more easy in modern times. 佚名. 神奇的知识之书.
- A task too strong for wizard spells This squire had brought about; 'T is easy dropping stones in wells, But who shall get them out? 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Of all wells, from one fathom to six or seven, the water flew out at the top with a vehement motion. 本杰明·富兰克林. 富兰克林自传.
- Many great cities and plains and deserts have been provided with these wells owing to the ease with which they can now be sunk. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- Wells' little essay: Skepticism of the Instrument. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- The sight of his blood, welling from the treacherously inflicted wound, made him indeed the son of the Yorkshire gentleman's heart. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- The thought of Laura welled up like a spring in the depths of my heart, and filled it with waters of bitterness, never, never known to it before. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- The rhapsody welled up within me, like blood from an inward wound, and gushed out. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- As history goes on the Greeks became more religious and superstitious as the faiths of the conquered welled up from below. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- The revulsion was so strong and painful in Dorothea's mind that the tears welled up and flowed abundantly. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.