1. The number of days that a container takes to change status. The shorter the dwell time, the more efficient the container utilization. 2. The time cargo remains in a terminal\'s in-transit storage area while awaiting shipment by clearance transportation. 3. A study of over 65,000 service members found that longer periods at home between deployments reduced the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder. Another study found that longer dwell times were associated with a reduced risk of suicide. 4. The amount of time a customer spends waiting in a queue. ——Dwell Time (military). Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2015. ——Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged. (1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003).