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Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, 'Let's make a wish on a star,' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom.
Rene Russo

Meaning of "wishing well" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WISHING WELL

wishing well  [ˈwɪʃɪŋ wɛl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WISHING WELL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wishing well is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WISHING WELL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wishing well

Wishing well

A wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the idea that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods, since water was a source of life and often a scarce commodity. The Germanic and Celtic peoples considered springs and wells sacred places. Sometimes the places were marked with wooden statues possibly of the god associated with the pool. Germanic peoples were known to throw the armour and weapons of defeated enemies into bogs and other pools of water as offerings to their gods. Water was seen to have healing powers and therefore wells became popular with many people drinking, bathing or just simply wishing over it. Some people believe that the guardians or dwellers of the well would grant them their wish if they paid a price. After uttering the wish, one would generally drop coins in the well. That wish would then be granted by the guardian or dweller, based upon how the coin would land at the bottom of the well. It was thus potentially lucky to throw coins in the well, but it depended on how they landed.

Definition of wishing well in the English dictionary

The definition of wishing well in the dictionary is a well believed to have the property of making wishes made at it come true.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WISHING WELL


Bakewell
ˈbeɪkwɛl
bridewell
ˈbraɪdˌwɛl
Caldwell
ˈkɔːldwɛl
Cornwell
ˈkɔːnˌwɛl
dwell
dwɛl
fare-you-well
ˈfɛəjʊˌwɛl
farewell
ˌfɛəˈwɛl
Harwell
ˈhɑːˌwɛl
inkwell
ˈɪŋkˌwɛl
outwell
ˌaʊtˈwɛl
quell
kwɛl
Rockwell
ˈrɒkˌwɛl
Sandwell
ˈsændwɛl
Southwell
ˈsaʊθwɛl
speedwell
ˈspiːdˌwɛl
stairwell
ˈstɛəˌwɛl
Stilwell
ˈstɪlwɛl
swell
swɛl
unwell
ʌnˈwɛl
well
wɛl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WISHING WELL

wish fulfilment
wish list
wish on
wish-wash
wisha
wishbone
wishbone boom
wisher
wishes
wishful
wishful thinker
wishful thinking
wishfully
wishfulness
wishless
wisht
wishtonwish
wishy-washily
wishy-washiness
wishy-washy

WORDS THAT END LIKE WISHING WELL

all very well
artesian well
as well
Boswell
carbon well
Cowell
Cromwell
development well
gas well
just as well
Lowell
maxwell
newell
oil well
Orwell
potential well
Powell
Sewell
the worried well
worried well

Synonyms and antonyms of wishing well in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wishing well» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WISHING WELL

Find out the translation of wishing well to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wishing well from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wishing well» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

许愿井
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pozo de los deseos
570 millions of speakers

English

wishing well
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अच्छी तरह से इच्छुक
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

متمنيا جيدا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

желающих хорошо
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

poço dos desejos
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভাল ভাবেই
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

vouloir du bien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berkeinginan baik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wunschbrunnen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

うまく希望する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

잘 하고자하는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pengin uga
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

có nhu cầu cũng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நன்கு விரும்பும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सदिच्छा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

iyi dilekte bulunmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pozzo dei desideri
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Wishing Well
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бажають добре
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

care doresc bine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

που επιθυμούν καλά
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wat goed
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

önskebrunn
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ønskebrønnen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wishing well

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WISHING WELL»

The term «wishing well» is regularly used and occupies the 58.612 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WISHING WELL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wishing well

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QUOTES WITH «WISHING WELL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word wishing well.
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Rene Russo
Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, 'Let's make a wish on a star,' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WISHING WELL»

Discover the use of wishing well in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wishing well and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Wishing Well
Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters.
Kai Strand, 2012
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The Wishing Well
When Laura Wells' husband Craig dies, she decides to return to her native Lancashire to help nurse her ailing mother.
Anna Jacobs, 2005
3
Wishing Well
The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish.
Trevor Baxendale, 2007
4
Wishing Well
The Wishing Well is a feisty, powerful and uplifting story of resilience and love, told seductively with a wealth of actor-power, passion, vivacity and warmth."--Publisher's website.
Michael Futcher, Helen Howard, 2009
5
The Wishing Well
In this gripping novel, Gray takes readers on a metaphysical thrill ride, where every wish made at the wishing well comes true.
Joyce Veranda Gray, 2008
6
Toby Claypot's wishing well
In the village of Rainbow's End, which is inhabited by gnomes, Toby Claypot's granddaughter makes a wish at the wishing well for just the right birthday present for him.
Jane Patience, John Patience, 1987
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Wishing Well
Wishing well, a story about a boy in a wheelchair waiting all his life to walk. Legend has it thatthere is a secret wishing well that grants any wish. With hope in his heart he sets out to findthis wishing well, no matter what.
Justin Duff, 2012
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The Wishing Well
Timothy Legget, 12, was forced to grow up quickly living in Appleton, Kentucky, caring for his younger sister, Lisa.
James E. Livingston, 2002
9
Wishing Well #3
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Jason Lethcoe, 2007
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The Wishing Well
When Mark Faris first met Cate Greenway, he knew she was an angel.
Mark Faris, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WISHING WELL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wishing well is used in the context of the following news items.
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Phillies Bar Review: Wishing Well
Blessed with the benefit of planning in advance, I was able to make my way into the city to catch a game at Bella Vista's Wishing Well bar. I have been to Wishing ... «The Good Phight, Apr 15»
2
Lucky little lamb gets new lease on life
Surrounded by staff and onlookers at Wishing Well animal sanctuary in Bradford, Ont., the little lamb peered up at the beaming faces, looking rather sheepish ... «Toronto Star, Apr 15»
3
Wishes stolen from park wishing well
PENNY-PINCHING: Pukekura Park's Fernery technical officer Donna Christiansen says wishing well coin theft has got out of hand in the last five months. «Taranaki Daily News, Mar 15»
4
Cold Case: Columbus Police Make Arrest For 2008 Murder Of …
On July 9, 2008, Seff was found dead and upside down inside a wishing well located behind 836 S. High Street. Her body was there for at least two to five days ... «10TV, Mar 15»
5
A wishing well marks a part of Bellevue's history
For decades since its dedication in 1951, this little wishing well collected wishes and charity money from thousands of visitors to the old Bellevue Square. «The Seattle Times, Mar 15»
6
Birdlover returns from year layoff to win Wishing Well
Layoffs were not an issue for Birdlover and Indecise in Sunday's $79,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita. Birdlover, unraced since finishing second in the ... «Daily Racing Form, Feb 15»
7
Thieves steal money from Wookey Hole wishing well meant for …
Two callous thieves were caught on camera using homemade scoops to dip into into a wishing well filled with donations meant for sick children with cancer. «Daily Mail, Feb 15»
8
Randy Jackson Hosts Wishing Well Winter Gala
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles rang in the holiday season with the chapter's second annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on Wednesday, ... «Look To The Stars, Dec 14»
9
Spectacular 'Wishing Well' star cluster displayed on video
Star cluster NGC 3532 – known as the Wishing Well Cluster – is some 1,300 light-years from the Sun, located in the Carina constellation. Now you can zoom in ... «RT, Nov 14»
10
'Wishing Well' Star Cluster Sparkles in Colorful New Views (Photos …
A multicolored group of stars shine at the bottom of a cosmic wishing well in an amazing new image. The stars of the open cluster NGC 3532 glitter like the coins ... «Space.com, Nov 14»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Wishing well [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wishing-well>. Mar 2020 ».
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