well

Definitions

  • Good, very well. Apache
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj well wise or advantageous and hence advisable "it would be well to start early"
    • adj well 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"
    • adj well in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; at least I feel well" "appears to be entirely well","the wound is nearly well","a well man","I think I'm well"
    • adv well (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"
    • adv well without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor "took the joke well","took the tragic news well"
    • adv well 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"
    • adv well 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"
    • adv well favorably; with approval "their neighbors spoke well of them","he thought well of the book"
    • adv well 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"
    • adv well in financial comfort "They live well","she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
    • adv well in a manner affording benefit or advantage "she married well","The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
    • adv well 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"
    • adv well with skill or in a pleasing manner "she dances well","he writes well"
    • adv well with prudence or propriety "You would do well to say nothing more","could not well refuse"
    • adv well with great or especially intimate knowledge "we knew them well"
    • adv well (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"
    • v well come up, as of a liquid "Tears well in her eyes","the currents well up"
    • n well a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
    • n well 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
    • n well an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
    • n well a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
    • n well an abundant source "she was a well of information"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

cartoon-well dressed man cartoon-well dressed man
The Well at Gad's Hill Place The Well at Gad's Hill Place
Byzantine Well Head Byzantine Well Head
WOMEN AT A WELL IN NAZARETH WOMEN AT A WELL IN NAZARETH
The Old Well The Old Well
OH WELL, YOU GET SHAVED ACROSS THE STREET, ETC OH WELL, YOU GET SHAVED ACROSS THE STREET, ETC
THE WELL IN WHICH THE HEAD WAS WASHED THE WELL IN WHICH THE HEAD WAS WASHED
Cumuli from Tunbridge Wells, 1906, May 20 Cumuli from Tunbridge Wells, 1906, May 20

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spiders usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well
    • Well (Naut) 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.
    • Well (Naut) A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit.
    • Well (Mil) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
    • Well 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. "The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep."
    • Well A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.
    • Well (Naut) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water.
    • Well (Naut) 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.
    • Well An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. "Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well ."
    • Well (Arch) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
    • Well Being in favor; favored; fortunate. "He followed the fortunes of that family, and was well with Henry the Fourth."
    • Well 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 .""Is your father well , the old man of whom ye spake?"
    • Well Considerably; not a little; far. "Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age."
    • Well Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. "This well of mercy.""Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled.""A well of serious thought and pure."
    • Well Fully or about; -- used with numbers. "Well a ten or twelve.""Well nine and twenty in a company."
    • Well 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. "It was well with us in Egypt."
    • Well In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly. "If thou doest not well , sin lieth at the door."
    • Well In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently. "It boded well to you.""Know
      In measure what the mind may well contain."
      "All the world speaks well of you."
    • Well (Marine Insurance) Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place.
    • Well Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly. "Lot . . . beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere.""WE are well able to overcome it.""She looketh well to the ways of her household.""Servant of God, well done! well hast thou fought
      The better fight."
    • Well (Metal) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
    • v. i Well To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring. "Blood welled from out the wound.""Yon spring wells softly forth.""From his two springs in Gojam's sunny realm,
      Pure welling out, he through the lucid lake
      Of fair Dambea rolls his infant streams."
    • v. t Well To pour forth, as from a well.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name "Lego" came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means "play well."
    • well To issue forth, as water from the earth or from a spring; spring; flow up or out.
    • well To boil.
    • well To pour forth from or as if from a well or spring.
    • n well A natural source of water; a place where water springs up in or issues from the ground; a spring or well-spring; a fountain. As soon as a spring begins to be utilized as a source of water-supply it is more or less thoroughly transformed into a well. (See def. 4.) This is necessary, both for rendering the access to it convenient, and for giving the water a chance to accumulate and be protected when not needed for use. Hence the word spring is much used by geologists in describing the natural sources of water-Supply, and well, by those indicating the manner in which the supply has been made available. There is, however, no sharp distinction possible between the two words. Thus, Prestwich speaks of the “beautiful spring [between Cirencester and Cheltenham] known as the Seven Wells,” and Phillips of a “feeble intermittent spring [issuing from Giggleswick Scar, in Yorkshire] known as the Ebbing and Flowing Well.”
    • n well Hence The source whence any series or order of things issues or is drawn; a well-spring of origin or supply; a fount in the figurative sense.
    • n well That which flows or springs out or up from a source; water or other fluid issuing forth.
    • n well A pit, hole, or shaft sunk in the ground, either by digging or by boring through earth and rock, to obtain a supply of water, or of other fluid, as mineral water, brine, petroleum, or natural gas, from a subterranean source, and walled or otherwise protected from caving in. Wells are generally cylindrical, and are sometimes bored to a depth of several hundreds or thousands of feet. (See Artesian well, under Artesian. See also oil-well, tube-well.) From ordinary wells for domestic use the water is raised in vessels -generally buckets hung in pairs to a windlass or singly to a well-sweep—or, as from deeper wells, by pumping.
    • n well A cavity, or an inclosed space, shaft, or the like, in some way comparable to or suggestive of an ordinary well, but of some other origin or use: as, an ink-well.
    • n well Specifically— In a building, a compartment or shaft extending through the different floors, or from top to bottom, in which the stairs are placed, or round which they turn; or one in which an elevator or lift moves up and down; or one which serves for the admission of air or light to interior rooms, etc. The kinds of well named are distinctively called a well-staircase or (for the space interior to the stairs) a well-hole, an elevator-shaft, and an air or light-shaft.
    • n well In a ship:
    • n well A compartment formed by bulkheads round the pumps, for their protection and for ease of access to them.
    • n well A shaft through which to raise and lower an auxiliary screw-propeller.
    • n well The cockpit.
    • n well In a fishing-vessel or on a float, a compartment with a perforated bottom for the admission of water, in which fish are kept alive: distinctively called live-well.
    • n well In a military mine, a shaft with branches or galleries running out from it.
    • n well In a furnace, the lower part of the cavity into which the metal falls.
    • n well In an Irish jaunting-car, the hollow space for luggage between the seats.
    • n well In some breech-loading small arms, a cavity for the breech-block in the rear of the chamber.
    • n well In an English court of law, the inclosed space for the lawyers and their assistants, immediately in front of the judges' bench.
    • n well In heraldry, a bearing representing a well-curb, usually seen in perspective, circular, and masoned of large stones.
    • n well A whirlpool: an eddy; especially, a dangerous eddy in the sea, as about the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
    • n well Synonyms Well, Spring, Fountain, Cistern. A well is an artificial pit sunk to such a depth that water comes into the bottom and rises to the water-level, ready to be drawn up. A spring is a place where water conies naturally to the surface of the ground and flows away: a spring may be opened or struck in excavation, but cannot be made. A fountain is characterized by the leaping upward of the water: it may be natural, and thus be a kind of spring, or it may be artificial, as in a public square. A cistern is an artificial receptacle for the storage of water, as that which is conducted from roofs; figuratively, the word may be applied to similar natural subterranean reservoirs.
    • well In a good or laudable manner; not ill; worthily; rightly; properly; suitably: as, to act or reason well; to work or ride well; to be well disposed; a well- built house.
    • well In a satisfactory or pleasing manner; ac cording to desire, taste, or the like; fortunate ly; happily; favorably: as, to live or faro well; to succeed well in business; to be well situated.
    • well With satisfaction or gratification; com mendably; agreeably; highly; excellently: as, to be well entertained or pleased.
    • well In reality; fairly; practically; fully.
    • well To a good or fair degree; not slightly or moderately; adequately: as, to be well deserving; to sleep well; a well-known author.
    • well To a large extent; greatly, either in an absolute or in a relative sense.
    • well Conformably to state or circumstances; with propriety; conveniently; advantageously; justifiably: as, I can not well afford it.
    • well Conformably to requirement or obligation; with due heed or diligence; carefully; conscientiously: now only in the legal phrase well and truly, as part of an oath or undertaking.
    • well Entirely; fully; quite; in full measure.
    • well Very; much; very much: obsolete except in well nigh (see well-nigh).
    • well Elliptically, it is well; so be it: used as a sign of assent, either in earnest, in indifference, or in irony, or with other shades of meaning, as a prelude to a further statement, and often as a mere introductory expletive.
    • well [Of the proper compounds of well with participial adjectives, only those are given below which are in standard use, or the meaning of which is not directly obvious. In regard to the improper joining of well with participles in regular verbal construction, see remark under ill.]
    • well Agreeable to wish or desire; satisfactory as to condition or relation; fortunate; opportune; propitious: only predicative, and most commonly used in impersonal clauses.
    • well Satisfactory in kind or character; suitable; proper; right; good: as, was it well to do this? the well ordering of a household.
    • well In a good state or condition; well off; comfortable; free from trouble: used predicatively: as, I am quite well where I am.
    • well In good standing; favorably situated or connected; enjoying consideration: used predicatively.
    • well In good health; not sick or ailing; in a sound condition as to body or mind: usually predicative: as, he is now well, or (colloquially) a well man.
    • well Synonyms Hale, hearty, sound.
    • n well That which is well or good; good state, health, or fortune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog
    • n Well wel 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 Well to issue forth, as water from the earth: to spring
    • adj Well wel good in condition: fortunate: comfortable: in health
    • n Well (Spens.) good health, fortune
    • adv Well in a proper manner: rightly: thoroughly: favourably: conveniently: to a considerable extent: conscientiously: so be it (as a sign of assent)
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Quotations

  • Plato
    Plato
    “A well begun is half ended.”
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “Well, excuuuuuse me!!!!”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “There are heroes in evil as well as in good.”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Our country is where ever we are well off.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Love well, whip well.”

Idioms

All's well that ends well - If the end result is good, then everything is good.
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Fair thee well - Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
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Hail-fellow-well-met - Someone whose behavior is hearty, friendly and congenial.
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Know full well - When you know full well, you are absolutely sure that you know.
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Leave well alone - If you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it, either physically or metaphorically.
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Sit well with - If something doesn't sit well with you, it doesn't please you or is not acceptable to you.
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Sleep well- don't let the bedbugs bite - This is a way of wishing someone a good night's sleep.
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Well-heeled - Someone who is well-heeled is rich.
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Well-oiled - If someone is well-oiled, they have drunk a lot.
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Well-oiled machine - Something that functions very well is a well-oiled machine.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Mix well and add one egg well beaten.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
To bake mutton well, a person should have a brisk, sharp fire, and keep the meat well basted.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He knew very well that comfortable words would be spoken to him at Harrington Hall, and that then the gloom would go.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
I hope you are well, and will continue well and cheerful.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Certainly Charmian had arranged the furniture well, chosen it well, too.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
In person she was tall and well made, rather large in her neck and shoulders, as were all the Vavasors, but by no means fat.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Mama is tolerable well and am quite well.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
TREATMENT: Place the animal in dry, well ventilated stall, blanket well and supply a good quality and quantity of bedding.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
This was the beginning; and after that nothing could be expected to go well.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Well, you darned well won't.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
If the young man is considered well off, well-to-do, sober and eligible in every way, consent is given.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Well, well, just as you like.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Now they are doomed to pour water from well to well eternally.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Well, well, as you please.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Well, that part's about over, anyhow.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He was a Christian man, and well off, and well-looking.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Well, but if people do as well as they can see how, surely that is the right for them, isn't it?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Well, well, I mustn't waste your time.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Pay 'em well and they work well.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Well, he's not half a bad-looking fellow; well set up.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
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In poetry:

By all thou'lt not forget,
Fare thee well!
By the joy when first we met,
Fare thee well!
"Farewell" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
"Oh, willow, woe is me!
Alack and well-a-day!
If I were only free
I'd hide me far away!"
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
On every breeze a knell
The hamlets pour,—
—We know its cause too well,
She is no more!
"Brandenburgh Harvest-Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
'E anzitover. Then Isiz,
"Well, wotsbekumaflo?"
Referrin' to a tartuviz -
But eesiz, "Idunno.
"The Lingothatweuze" by C J Dennis
My first ascent I may not tell;
Enough to know that in that well
My first high aspirations fell.
Avitor!
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
For there were some who said: " Well, well,
Without a doubt his heart is good.
But we—what is this Heav'n, this Hell ? —
We only want for house and food."
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell

In news:

Well, it's October, and the new fall television season is well underway.
All's well that ends well, right.
In this April 2010 photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa.
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa.
The energy company that holds a permit for one of two Trumbull County horizontal natural gas wells has put the well on hold.
When done well, they tend to draw people into the fresh air as well as add value to a home.
New wellness program by Prolean Wellness.
Courtesy Photo Several artists are well known in the Michigan region as well as nationally.
The deal worked out well for Kobayashi, released during the just-completed season, not so well for the Indians.
Since I work at a wellness center, I should talk a little about wellness and what it is.
Advanced Wellness & Chiropractic Center is a natural healthcare facility dedicated to helping its patients achieve total wellness.
Teach Your Well-Off Children Well.
A well-designed, well-laid-out website will tell a potential customer who you are and how you are better than your competitors, while including keywords for search-engine optimization.
King Louie, one of Chicago's fastest-rising rappers, talks about his upcoming CD, Dope & Shrimp, as well as about, well, dope and shrimp.
More employers are starting wellness programs and the majority of organizations that have wellness programs are looking to invest and expand, according to a recent survey by Willis North America.
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In science:

The original problem, in model I, is well defined for any well defined f (x).
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
Hence, the Gribov problem – well-known in the case of regular (Sobolev) connections for a long time – appears in the Ashtekar approach as well.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Although the two components are not well separated, the exponential component is described reasonably well by P (τ ) = τ −1 sim exp(−τ /τsim ) with an amplitude of 0.8.
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients
As demonstrated by Wells et al. [Wells et al. 1998] in Figure 1B , mRNA can form loops in the presence of binding proteins.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
It is not clear why this should only occur in the double quantum well sample; possibly the rate of cooling is more efficient in the single quantum well.
Moving Beyond a Simple Model of Luminescence Rings in Quantum Well Structures
Well-definition of the coproduct We need to show that the coproduct is well-defined.
A Hopf algebra quantizing a necklace Lie algebra canonically associated to a quiver
This problem is well known from simulated annealing , but not very well studied in evolutionary algorithms.
Generalized Evolutionary Algorithm based on Tsallis Statistics
The single-well potential is hence transformed into a double-well potential with new stable points locating far from the original point of equilibrium.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Their approach is purely combinatorial ; they use bijection with well labeled trees (whose generating functions are well understood) to obtain algebraic equations for the generating functions of the Ising model.
Combinatorial aspects of matrix models
If τKramers >> τObservation , then we would sum over a single well, but if the reverse is true, then we would sum over both wells.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
Both are well-defined linkings by a simple induction (analogous t o the well-definedness of the identity).
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
By fixing the interaction potential, initial density and energy minimization (conjugate gradient) algorithm, OSLN obtain a well-defined collection of final configurations with well-defined (not unique) properties.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
Tierra is well known artificial system, and well described in the literature, so only brief details will be given here.
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
Hence, by well known results on PDE’s, we have a well defined analytic map Φ : D × [0, δ) → D which is holomorphic in z ∈ D and such that Φ(0, z) = z and ∂Φ ∂ t = F ◦ Φ.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
More modes are well measured and the well measured modes reach to higher redshift (lower a).
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
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