Definition of Well

  • (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.

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