Definition of well noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wel//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wel//
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  1. 1a deep hole in the ground from which people obtain water. The sides of wells are usually covered with brick or stone and there is usually some covering or a small wall at the top of the well. to dig/sink a well The dog fell down a well.
  2. 2= oil well
  3. 3a narrow space in a building that drops down from a high to a low level and usually contains stairs or a lift/elevator see also stairwell
  4. 4(British English) the space in front of the judge in a court, where the lawyers sit
  5. Word Originnoun Old English wella, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wel and German Welle ‘a wave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: well