An example of swell is a wave that forms in the ocean during a hurricane.
An example of swell is a an enjoyable experience at a country club.
The governor's full public disclosure only swelled the chorus of protests.
An example of swell is for feet to enlarge during pregnancy.
Had a swell time.
The anger swelling in him.
Membership swelled to a thousand.
- 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 large wave that moves steadily without breaking.
- A piece of rising ground; rounded hill or slope.
Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.
The organ music swelled.
To be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
Swelling words; a swelling style.
Origin of swell
- Middle English swellen from Old English swellan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the above verb.