One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object Be permanently present in (someone's soul or mind); possess spiritually.‘the Holy Spirit indwells God's people’‘the indwelling God’
be inherent in, be intrinsic to, be present in, inhere inView synonyms
- ‘He is dead to sin, dead to self, dead to the world, dead to the law; and he is alive in Christ, identified with Christ, indwelt by Christ.’
- ‘Remember that this self-discipline is the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and only those who are already saved are so indwelt.’
- ‘How can I be indwelt by the Holy Spirit and yet be possessed by demons?’
- ‘Demons express much emotion, whether the person indwelt by them feels it or not.’
- ‘If it's the wine god Bacchus, or the sex god Eros you've taken in, you become controlled by that god, indwelt by that god for a period of time.’
- ‘Anyone can utter the words, of course, but unless the Holy Spirit indwells a person they cannot say such things as a sincere expression of true worship.’
2as adjective indwellingMedicine
(of a catheter, needle, etc.) fixed in a person's body for a sustained period of time.‘an indwelling chest drain’
- ‘An intermittent injection cap was then fastened to the indwelling catheter and secured to the forearm.’
- ‘Patients receive heparin in many ways, including heparin line flushes, subcutaneous heparin, and heparin-coated indwelling catheters.’
- ‘She also had a seizure disorder and multiple infections of an indwelling catheter through which she was receiving total parenteral nutrition.’
- ‘Perhaps the nurse is struggling to insert an indwelling catheter in a patient who is about to undergo a total hip replacement.’
- ‘Sclerosing agents may also be injected into the indwelling catheter.’
- ‘An indwelling catheter is placed and facial nerve monitoring established.’
Late Middle English: originally translating Latin inhabitare.
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