Well room
Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster]

Begin, then, sisters of the sacred well. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The woman said unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. --John iv. 11. [1913 Webster]

3. A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring. ``This well of mercy.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Dan Chaucer, well of English undefiled. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

A well of serious thought and pure. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) (a) 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. (b) 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. (c) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of water. (d) A depressed space in the after part of the deck; -- often called the cockpit. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mil.) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries. [1913 Webster]

7. (Arch.) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole. [1913 Webster]

8. (Metal.) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls. [1913 Webster]

{Artesian well}, {Driven well}. See under {Artesian}, and {Driven}.

{Pump well}. (Naut.) See {Well}, 5 (a), above.

{Well boring}, the art or process of boring an artesian well.

{Well drain}. (a) A drain or vent for water, somewhat like a well or pit, serving to discharge the water of wet land. (b) A drain conducting to a well or pit.

{Well room}. (a) A room where a well or spring is situated; especially, one built over a mineral spring. (b) (Naut.) A depression in the bottom of a boat, into which water may run, and whence it is thrown out with a scoop.

{Well sinker}, one who sinks or digs wells.

{Well sinking}, the art or process of sinking or digging wells.

{Well staircase} (Arch.), a staircase having a wellhole (see {Wellhole} (b) ), as distinguished from one which occupies the whole of the space left for it in the floor.

{Well sweep}. Same as {Sweep}, n., 12.

{Well water}, the water that flows into a well from subterraneous springs; the water drawn from a well. [1913 Webster]


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  • well room — wellˈhouse or well room noun A room built over a well • • • Main Entry: ↑well …   Useful english dictionary

  • Well — Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well boring — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well drain — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well sinker — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well sinking — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well staircase — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well sweep — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well water — Well Well, n. [OE. welle, AS. wella, wylla, from weallan to well up, surge, boil; akin to D. wel a spring or fountain. ????. See {Well}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Begin, then,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • room — n 1 Room, chamber, apartment all denote space in a building enclosed or set apart by a partition. Room is the word in ordinary use. Chamber is somewhat elevated; it is used chiefly of a private room, especially of a bedroom on an upper floor… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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