• (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
• (v. t.) To pour forth, as from a well.
• (v. t.) In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or
• (v. t.) Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a
proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately;
• (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.