Synonyms of swelling


1. swelling, puffiness, lump, enlargement, symptom

usage: an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

2. bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence, projection

usage: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"

3. intumescence, intumescency, swelling, chemical process, chemical change, chemical action

usage: the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)


1. swell, increase

usage: increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"

2. swell, puff up, act, behave, do

usage: become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"

3. swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce, expand

usage: expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"

4. well up, swell, originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow

usage: come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things); "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"

5. well, swell, surface, come up, rise up, rise

usage: come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"

6. swell, grow

usage: cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"

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