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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [welz]
    • /wɛlz/
    • /wel/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [welz]
    • /wɛlz/

Definitions of wells word

  • noun wells a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water, petroleum, natural gas, brine, or sulfur. 1
  • noun wells a spring or natural source of water. 1
  • noun wells an apparent reservoir or a source of human feelings, emotions, energy, etc.: He was a well of gentleness and courtesy. 1
  • noun wells a container, receptacle, or reservoir for a liquid: the well of ink in a fountain pen. 1
  • noun wells any sunken or deep, enclosed space, as a shaft for air or light, stairs, or an elevator, extending vertically through the floors of a building. 1
  • noun wells Nautical. a part of a weather deck between two superstructures, extending from one side of a vessel to the other. a compartment or enclosure around a ship's pumps to make them easily accessible and protect them from being damaged by the cargo. 1

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Origin of wells

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English wel(l) (adj. and adv.); cognate with Dutch wel, German wohl, Old Norse vel, Gothic waila

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Parts of speech for Wells


wells popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wells usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wells

noun wells

  • hydrolysate — any compound formed by hydrolysis.
  • spring — String PRocessING language
  • watering place — British. a seaside or lakeside vacation resort featuring bathing, boating, etc.

Antonyms for wells

adjective wells

  • incompletes — Plural form of incomplete.
  • smalls — something that is small: Do you prefer the small or the large?
  • ills — of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick: She felt ill, so her teacher sent her to the nurse.
  • failings — Plural form of failing.

noun wells

  • conclusions — Plural form of conclusion.
  • consequences — a game in which each player writes down a part of a story, folds over the paper, and passes it on to another player who continues the story. After several stages, the resulting (nonsensical) stories are read out
  • effects — something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
  • ends — Plural form of end.
  • outgrowths — Plural form of outgrowth.

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