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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    adv 1: (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" [syn: well, good] [ant: badly, ill,
    2: 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"
    3: 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" [syn: well, easily]
    4: (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"
    5: 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"
    6: favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of
       them"; "he thought well of the book" [ant: badly, ill]
    7: 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" [syn: well, considerably, substantially]
    8: with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them
       well" [syn: well, intimately]
    9: with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing
       more"; "could not well refuse"
    10: with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he
        writes well" [ant: badly]
    11: in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married
        well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
        [syn: well, advantageously] [ant: badly,
    12: in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able
        to live comfortably since her husband died" [syn: well,
    13: without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor;
        "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well" [ant:
    adj 1: 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" [ant: ill, sick]
    2: resulting favorably; "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" [syn: good, well(p)]
    3: wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well
       to start early"
    n 1: a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil
         or gas or brine
    2: a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
    3: an abundant source; "she was a well of information" [syn:
       well, wellspring, fountainhead]
    4: an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a
    5: 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
    v 1: come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the
         currents well up" [syn: well, swell]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Well \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.]
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   1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.
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            Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well. --Milton.
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   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.
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            The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to
            draw with, and the well is deep.      --John iv. 11.
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   3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
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   4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. "This well
      of mercy." --Chaucer.
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            Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled. --Spenser.
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            A well of serious thought and pure.   --Keble.
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   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.
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   6. (Mil.) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from
      which run branches or galleries.
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   7. (Arch.) An opening through the floors of a building, as
      for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
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   8. (Metal.) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal
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   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.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
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.
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         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.
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Well \Well\, v. t.
   To pour forth, as from a well. --Spenser.
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5. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Well \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[aum]l, Goth. wa['i]la;
   originally meaning, according to one's will or wish. See
   Will, v. t., and cf. Wealth.]
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   1. In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or
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            If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
                                                  --Gen. iv. 7.
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   2. Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a
      proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully;
      adequately; thoroughly.
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            Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it
            was well watered everywhere.          --Gen. xiii.
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            WE are wellable to overcome it.       --Num. xiii.
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            She looketh well to the ways of her household.
                                                  --Prov. xxxi.
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            Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought
            The better fight.                     --Milton.
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   3. Fully or about; -- used with numbers. [Obs.] "Well a ten
      or twelve." --Chaucer.
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            Well nine and twenty in a company.    --Chaucer.
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   4. In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish;
      satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.
      "It boded well to you." --Dryden.
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            In measure what the mind may well contain. --Milton.
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            All the world speaks well of you.     --Pope.
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   5. Considerably; not a little; far.
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            Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age.
                                                  --Gen. xviii.
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   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.
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   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.
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   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.
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6. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Well \Well\, a.
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   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
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            It was well with us in Egypt.         --Num. xi. 18.
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   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.
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            Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?
                                                  --Gen. xliii.
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   3. Being in favor; favored; fortunate.
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            He followed the fortunes of that family, and was
            well with Henry the Fourth.           --Dryden.
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   4. (Marine Insurance) Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a
      certain day and place. --Burrill.
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7. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
We'll \We'll\
   Contraction for we will or we shall. "We'll follow them."
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8. V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016)
       Whole Earth 'Lectronic Net (network)

9. Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
   (Heb. beer), to be distinguished from a fountain (Heb. 'ain). A
   "beer" was a deep shaft, bored far under the rocky surface by
   the art of man, which contained water which percolated through
   the strata in its sides. Such wells were those of Jacob and
   Beersheba, etc. (see Gen. 21:19, 25, 30, 31; 24:11; 26:15,
   18-25, 32, etc.). In the Pentateuch this word beer, so rendered,
   occurs twenty-five times.

10. Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856)
WELL. A hole dug in the earth in order to obtain water. 
     2. The owner of the estate has a right to dig in his own ground, at 
such a distance as is permitted by law, from his neighbor's land; he is not 
restricted as to the size or depth, and is not liable to any action for 
rendering the well of his neighbor useless by so doing. Lois des Bat. part. 
1, c. 3, sect. 2, art. 2, Sec. 2. 

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