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English definition of “well”

well

noun [C]     /wel/
NATURAL RESOURCES a deep hole in the ground from which you can get water: These two tributaries of the Yellowstone River supply water for farms and wells in two states. It is an 8-mile round trip to fetch clean water from a well.
NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION →  oil well
(Definition of well noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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