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. "It was well with us in Egypt." (Num. Xi. 18)
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." "Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?" (Gen. Xliii. 27)
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. "The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep." (John iv. 11)
5. 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. 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.
A staircase having a wellhole (see Wellhole), as distinguished from one which occupies the whole of the space left for it in the floor. Well sweep. Same as Sweep. Well water, the water that flows into a well from subterraneous springs; the water drawn from a well.
Origin: OE. Welle, AS. Wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. Wel a spring or fountain. See Well.
(01 Mar 1998)
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