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Swell

v. i.1.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.
[imp. Swelled ; p. p. Swelled or Swollen ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Swelling.]
2.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.To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
4.To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do at scarlet.
- Sir W. Scott.
5.To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
6.To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style.
7.To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle.
8.To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
Your equal mind yet swells not into state.
- Dryden.
9.To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
10.To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount.
11.To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.
Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock.
- Shak.
v. t.1.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.
[The Church] swells her high, heart-cheering tone.
- Keble.
2.To aggravate; to heighten.
It is low ebb with his accuser when such peccadilloes are put to swell the charge.
- Atterbury.
3.To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
4.(Mus.) To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note.
n.1.The act of swelling.
2.Gradual increase.
Little River affords navigation during a swell to within three miles of the Miami.
- Jefferson.
3.Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
Music arose with its voluptuous swell.
- Byron.
3.A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells.
4.Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
The swell and subsidence of his periods.
- Landor.
4.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.
The swell
Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay.
- Tennyson.
The gigantic swells and billows of the snow.
- Hawthorne.
5.(Mus.) A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; - generally indicated by the sign.
6.A showy, dashing person; a dandy.
Ground swell
See under Ground.
Organ swell
(Mus.) a certain number of pipes inclosed in a box, the uncovering of which by means of a pedal produces increased sound.
Swell shark
(Zool.) a small shark (Scyllium ventricosum) of the west coast of North America, which takes in air when caught, and swells up like a swellfish.
a.1.Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood.
Swell mob
See under Mob.
Noun1.swell - the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
Synonyms: crestless wave
2.swell - a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
3.swell - a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
4.swell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
Verb1.swell - increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"
2.swell - become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
Synonyms: puff up
3.swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
4.swell - as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"
Synonyms: well up
5.swell - come up; "Tears well in her eyes"
Synonyms: well
6.swell - cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"
Adj.1.swell - very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
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Sweetly
Sweetmeat
Sweetness
sweetness and light
sweetpea
Sweetroot
Sweets
sweetsop
sweetsop tree
Sweetwater
Sweetweed
Sweetwood
sweetwood bark
Sweetwort
Sweigh
Sweinmote
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Swell mob
Swell shark
swell up
Swelldom
swelled
swelled head
Swellfish
swellhead
Swelling
Swellish
Swelltoad
Swelt
Swelter
sweltering
Sweltry
Swelve
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