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From 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
          inspection.
      (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
          water.
      (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
      falls.
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   Artesian well, Driven well. See under Artesian, and
      Driven.

   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
      wells.

   Well staircase (Arch.), a staircase having a wellhole (see
      Wellhole
      (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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From 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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From 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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From 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
      wickedly.
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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.
                                                  30.
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            She looketh well to the ways of her household.
                                                  --Prov. xxxi.
                                                  27.
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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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            Know
            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
      capital.

   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.
      --Shak.
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From 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
      discovered.
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

We'll \We'll\
   Contraction for we will or we shall. "We'll follow them."
   --Shak.
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