well1(wel),USA pronunciationadv., adj.,[compar.]bet•ter,[superl.]best,interj., n. adv.
in a good or satisfactory manner:Business is going well.
thoroughly, carefully, or soundly:to shake well before using; listen well.
in a moral or proper manner:to behave well.
commendably, meritoriously, or excellently:a difficult task well done.
with propriety, justice, or reason:I could not well refuse.
adequately or sufficiently:Think well before you act.
to a considerable extent or degree:a sum well over the amount agreed upon.
with great or intimate knowledge:to know a person well.
certainly; without doubt:I anger easily, as you well know.
with good nature; without rancor:He took the joke well.
in addition; also; too:She insisted ondirecting the play and on producing it as well.
equally:The town grew as well because of its location as because of its superb climate.
as well as, as much or as truly as; equally as:Joan is witty as well as intelligent.
in good health; sound in body and mind:Are you well? He is not a well man.
satisfactory, pleasing, or good:All is well with us.
proper, fitting, or gratifying:It is well that you didn't go.
in a satisfactory position; well-off:I am very well as I am.
leave well enough alone, avoid changing something that is satisfactory.
(used to express surprise, reproof, etc.):Well! There's no need to shout.
(used to introduce a sentence, resume a conversation, etc.):Well, who would have thought he could do it?
well-being; good fortune; success:to wish well to someone.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English wel(l) (adjective, adjectival and adverb, adverbial); cognate with Dutch wel, German wohl, Old Norse vel, Gothic waila
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged properly, correctly.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged skillfully, adeptly, accurately, efficiently.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitably.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fully, amply.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rather, quite.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged healthy, hale, hearty.
14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fine.
15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged suitable, befitting, appropriate.
16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fortunate, happy.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged poorly, badly.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ill, sick.
Mininga hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur.
Geographya spring or natural source of water.
an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.:He was a well of gentleness and courtesy.
a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid:the well of ink in a fountain pen.
Buildingany sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building.
Nauticala part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other.
Nauticala compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo.
a hollow compartment, recessed area, or depression for holding a specific item or items, as fish in the bottom of a boat or the retracted wheels of an airplane in flight.
Miningany shaft dug or bored into the earth, as for storage space or a mine.
to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often fol. by up, out, or forth):Tears welled up in my eyes.
to send welling up or forth:a fountain welling its pure water.
like, of, resembling, from, or used in connection with a well.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English well(e), Old English wylle, wella, welle; cognate with German Welle wave; (verb, verbal) Middle English wellen, Old English wellan (cognate with Dutch wellen, Old Norse vella); both noun, nominal and verb, verbal ultimately akin to weallan to boil
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged store, fund, mine, fount.