a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
well, wellspring, fountainhead(noun)
an abundant source
"she was a well of information"
an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
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
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"
"it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"
wise or advantageous and hence advisable
"it would be well to start early"
come up, as of a liquid
"Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"
(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"
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"
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"
(used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
"a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"
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"
favorably; with approval
"their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"
well, considerably, substantially(adverb)
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"
with great or especially intimate knowledge
"we knew them well"
with prudence or propriety
"You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"
with skill or in a pleasing manner
"she dances well"; "he writes well"
in a manner affording benefit or advantage
"she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
in financial comfort
"They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor
"took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"
Origin: weallan. Cognate with German wallen, Danish vælde.
an issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain
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
a shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine
fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring
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
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
a vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water
a depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit
a hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries
an opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole
the lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls
to issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring
to pour forth, as from a well
in a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly
suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly
fully or about; -- used with numbers
in such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently
considerably; not a little; far
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
being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well
being in favor; favored; fortunate
safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place
Origin: [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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wel, 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. [A.S. wella—weallan, to boil; cf. Ice. vella, to boil.]
wel, 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
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #130
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Written Corpus Frequency: #32
Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Nouns Frequency: #2378
Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Adverbs Frequency: #11
Rank popularity for the word 'well' in Adjectives Frequency: #322
The numerical value of well in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of well in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- حسنًا, بخير, جيداً, جيدًا, بِئْر, عَيْنArabic
- ҡоҙоҡ, ҡойоBashkir
- добра, студня, калодзежBelarusian
- добре, кладенец, изворBulgarian
- ben, bé, pouCatalan, Valencian
- zdravý, dobře, no, studna, studánka, vrt, prýštitCzech
- iawn, wel, bobol bachWelsh
- tja, brøndDanish
- na ja, na, gut, gesund, naja, ganz, Quelle, Brunnen, quellenGerman
- γερός, καλώς, για δες, εντελώς, ωραία, λοιπόν, αρκετά, καλά, υγιής, πολύ, που λες, καλός, πλήρως, νερομάνα, πηγάδι, φρέαρ, αστείρευτη πηγή, αναβλύζωGreek
- nu, bele, fonto, putoEsperanto
- bueno, bien, muy, totalmente, completamente, vaya, pues, anda, pozo, aljibeSpanish
- tõsiselt, hästi, kaevEstonian
- خوب, چاهPersian
- jopas, tuota, hyvin, tosi, niinku, kunnolla, terve, no, lähde, vesikuoppa, kaivo, kummuta, pursua, pursuttaa, pursutaFinnish
- brunnur, bruðurFaroese
- écoutez, ben, tiens!, bien, eh bien, vachement, puits, sourceFrench
- ffynnon, welleWestern Frisian
- bhuel, tobarIrish
- gu math, mathematics, uill, fuaranScottish Gaelic
- ben, manancial, pozoGalician
- בריאה, בריא, וואלה, היטב, בְאֵרHebrew
- ख़ूब, ख़ैर, ठीक, अच्छा, कूआँHindi
- byenHaitian Creole
- լավ, ջրհոր, աղբյուրArmenian
- ben, puteoInterlingua
- sumur, baikIndonesian
- bona, puteoIdo
- jæja, borhola, brunnurIcelandic
- beh, bene, puzzo, pozzo, sgorgareItalian
- 良く, おやおや, あのう, うーん, 元気, ええと, 井戸, にじみ出るJapanese
- წყარო, ჭაGeorgian
- 잘, 저어, 우물, 샘Korean
- rectē, omino, multum, omnino, maximē, probē, bene, puteusLatin
- PëtzLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- eee, mmm, kaleGanda
- pötLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- ນ້ຳບໍ່, ນ້ຳສ້າງLao
- sveikas, gerai, sveika, na, šulinysLithuanian
- lieti, akaLatvian
- значи, здрав, добро, опа, па, е па, добар, бунар, изворMacedonian
- ഉറവ, കിണർ, ഊറ്റ്, എന്തിന്റെയും വറ്റാത്ത ഉറവMalayalam
- худаг, шандMongolian
- dengan baik, sumur, perigi, luak, telagaMalay
- ရေတွင်း, တွင်းBurmese
- nou ja, gezond, nou, wel, put, bron, opwellen, vloeienDutch
- bra, brønnNorwegian
- jóNavajo, Navaho
- ben, plan, potzOccitan
- onda'ibaanOjibwe, Ojibwa
- ਖੂਹPanjabi, Punjabi
- no, coś takiego, cóż, dobrze, zdrowa, zdrowy, nieźle, hm, studniaPolish
- جوړ, مړه, ښهPashto, Pushto
- bem, sabe, bom, vertedouro, fonte, vertente, poço, verterPortuguese
- bain, puozRomansh
- foarte, bine, fântână, puțRomanian
- ну, так-так, хорошо, как следует, так вот, значит, так, что ж, здоровый, это, ключ, скважина, источник, родник, колодецRussian
- beni, pussu, putzuSardinian
- dobro, ìzvor, vrȅlo, zdénac, бу̀на̄р, bùnār, vrútak, studénacSerbo-Croatian
- dobre, no, zdravý, studňaSlovak
- no, torej, zdràv, dôbro, vrtina, vodnjakSlovene
- genom, nämen, nåja, nå, öh, tja, väl, frisk, eh, bra, har man sett, källa, brunn, vällaSwedish
- బాగు, నుయ్యి, బావిTelugu
- ให้ดี, สบาย, สบายดี, อย่างดี, ตะพัง, บ่อน้, ตระพังThai
- bak sen, bak, bak bak, iyi, iyice, şey, kuyuTurkish
- гарно, ну, добре, колодязьUkrainian
- mạnh, tốt, hay, khỏe, cũngVietnamese
- קװאַל, ברונעםYiddish
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