1. a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
(hypernym) excavation, hole in the ground
(hyponym) artesian well
2. a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
(hyponym) inkwell, inkstand
3. an abundant source; "she was a well of information"
(synonym) wellspring, fountainhead
4. an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
5. an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
(hyponym) bilge well
1. come up; "Tears well in her eyes"
(hypernym) surface, come up, rise up, rise
1. in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; "appears to be entirely well"; "the wound is nearly well"; "a well man"; "I think I'm well; at least I feel well"
(antonym) ill, sick
(similar) all right, fine
(see-also) fit, healthy
2. resulting favorably; "its a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well"
(synonym) good, well(p)
3. wise or advantageous and hence advisable; "it would be well to start early"
1. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis"; "a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty good"
(antonym) ill, badly, poorly
(classification) combining form
2. thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; "The problem is well understood"; "she was well informed"; "shake well before using"; "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"; "well-done beef", "well-satisfied customers"; "well-educated"
3. indicating high probability; in all likelihood; "I might well do it"; "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"; "you may well need your umbrella"; "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"
4. (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; "a book well worth reading"; "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"; "suspected only too well what might be going on"
(classification) intensifier, intensive
5. to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree; "the project was well underway"; "the fetus has well developed organs"; "his father was well pleased with his grades"
6. favorably; with approval; "their neighbors spoke well of them"; "he thought well of the book"
(antonym) ill, badly
7. to a great extent or degree; "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"; "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"; "the house has fallen considerably in value"; "the price went up substantially"
(synonym) considerably, substantially
8. with great or especially intimate knowledge; "we knew them well"
9. with prudence or propriety; "You would do well to say nothing more"; "could not well refuse"
10. with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"
11. in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
(antonym) badly, disadvantageously
12. in financial comfort; "They live well"; "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"
13. without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"