- an increasing or being increased in size, volume, etc.
- something swollen; esp., an abnormally swollen part of the body
- The state of being swollen.
- Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.
- Present participle of swell.
Variant of swell
intransitive verbswelled, swelled or swollen, swelling
- to increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate
- to become larger at a particular point; curve out; bulge; protrude
- to extend beyond or above the normal or surrounding level
- to form swells, or large waves: said of the sea
- to be or become filled (with pride, indignation, self-importance, etc.)
- to increase within a person, as a feeling: the anger swelling in him
- to increase in size, force, intensity, degree, etc.: membership swelled to a thousand
- to increase in volume or loudness
Origin of swellMiddle English swellen ; from Old English swellan; akin to German schwellen, Old Norse svella
to cause to swell; specif.,
- to cause to increase in size, volume, extent, degree, etc.
- to cause to bulge or protrude
- to fill with pride, indignation, etc.; inflate; puff
- to cause (a tone, chord, etc.) to increase in loudness
- a part that swells, bulge; curve; protuberance; specif.,
- a large wave that moves steadily without breaking
- a piece of rising ground; rounded hill or slope
- a swelling or being swollen
- an increase in size, amount, extent, degree, etc.
- a person who is strikingly stylish, esp. in dress
- a person of social prominence
- an increase in loudness of sound
- a gradual increase in volume (crescendo), usually followed by a gradual decrease (decrescendo)
- a sign (<>) indicating this
- a device for controlling the loudness of tones, as in an organ
- Informal stylish; very fashionable
- Slang first-rate; excellent: a generalized epithet of approval
Origin of swellME swelle, tumid, proud