swell: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (swel), [key]
— v., n., adj. swelled, swol•len swelled, swell•ing,
- to grow in bulk, as by the absorption of moisture or the processes of growth.
- to increase abnormally in size, as by inflation, distention, accumulation of fluids, or the like: Her ankles swelled from standing.
- to rise in waves, as the sea.
- to well up, as a spring or as tears.
- to bulge out, as a sail or the middle of a cask.
- to grow in amount, degree, force, etc.
- to increase gradually in volume or intensity, as sound: The music swelled.
- to arise and grow within one, as a feeling or emotion.
- to become puffed up with pride.
- to cause to grow in bulk.
- to cause to increase gradually in loudness: to swell a musical tone.
- to cause (a thing) to bulge out or be protuberant.
- to increase in amount, degree, force, etc.
- to affect with a strong, expansive emotion.
- to puff up with pride.
- the act of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
- inflation or distention.
- a protuberant part.
- a wave, esp. when long and unbroken, or a series of such waves.
- a gradually rising elevation of the land.
- an increase in amount, degree, force, etc.
- a gradual increase in loudness of sound.
- a gradual increase (crescendo) followed by a gradual decrease (diminuendo) in loudness or force of musical sound.
- the sign (&desc; &whence;) for indicating this.
- a device, as in an organ, by which the loudness of tones may be varied.
- a swelling of emotion within one.
- a fashionably dressed person; dandy.
- a socially prominent person.
- swell (Thesaurus)