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It is not necessary to dwell on every incident of this terrible journey.

Never, while she lived, would she dwell beneath John Lambert's roof again.

Would that I could dwell always in these momentary gleams of light!

The unity of all who dwell in freedom is their only sure defense.

I dwell on the subject only because of its bearing on the love of God.

But there is no need to dwell further on these and similar conjectures.

I dwell in my sky-parlor and become Jupiter the while, ad libitum.

As the silence continued unbroken, there was time to dwell on this thought.

The bank on which I should like to dwell—do you not guess it?

But he thanked them and said No, for in Spain he had suffered too much to dwell there.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dwellan "to mislead, deceive," originally "to make a fool of, lead astray," from Proto-Germanic *dwaljanan (cf. Old Norse dvöl "delay," dvali "sleep;" Middle Dutch dwellen "to stun, make giddy, perplex;" Old High German twellen "to hinder, delay;" Danish dvale "trance, stupor," dvaelbær "narcotic berry," source of Middle English dwale "nightshade"), from PIE *dhwel-, from root *dheu- (1) "dust, cloud, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").

Related to Old English gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in Middle English through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (mid-13c.). Related: Dwelled; dwelt; dwells.

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