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Definition of Swell

  1. intransitive verb To grow larger; to dilate or extend the exterior surface or dimensions, by matter added within, or by expansion of the inclosed substance; as, the legs swell in dropsy; a bruised part swells; a bladder swells by inflation.
  2. intransitive verb To increase in size or extent by any addition; to increase in volume or force; as, a river swells, and overflows its banks; sounds swell or diminish.
  3. intransitive verb To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
  4. intransitive verb To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
  5. intransitive verb To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
  6. intransitive verb To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style.
  7. intransitive verb To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle.
  8. intransitive verb To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
  9. intransitive verb To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
  10. intransitive verb To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount.
  11. intransitive verb To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.
  12. transitive verb To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase; as, rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring; immigration swells the population.
  13. transitive verb To aggravate; to heighten.
  14. transitive verb To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
  15. transitive verb To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note.
  16. noun The act of swelling.
  17. noun Gradual increase.
  18. noun Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
  19. noun Increase in height; elevation; rise.
  20. noun Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
  21. noun Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
  22. noun A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells.
  23. noun A wave, or billow; especially, a succession of large waves; the roll of the sea after a storm; as, a heavy swell sets into the harbor.
  24. noun A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign.
  25. noun A showy, dashing person; a dandy.
  26. adjective Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood.

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Definition of SWELL. intransitive verb. 1. a: to expand (as in size, volume, or numbers) gradually beyond a normal or original limit <the population swelled> b: to ...

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swell (sw l) v. swelled, swelled or swolВ·len (sw l n), swellВ·ing, swells. v.intr. 1. To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.

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Quick definitions from WordNet (swell) в–ё noun: a crescendo followed by a decrescendo в–ё noun: the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea