Swell meaning

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The definition of a swell is a long, unbroken wave.

An example of swell is a wave that forms in the ocean during a hurricane.

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Swell means stylish, excellent or wonderful.

An example of swell is a an enjoyable experience at a country club.

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To cause to increase in volume, size, number, degree, or intensity.

The governor's full public disclosure only swelled the chorus of protests.

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(informal) One who is fashionably dressed or socially prominent.

Society swells.

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To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
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Swell is defined as to grow larger beyond the normal size.

An example of swell is for feet to enlarge during pregnancy.

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To bulge out, as a sail.
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To fill with emotion.
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A swollen part; a bulge or protuberance.
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A long wave on water that moves continuously without breaking.
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A rise in the land; a rounded elevation.
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Fashionably elegant; stylish.
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Excellent; wonderful.

Had a swell time.

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To increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate.
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To become larger at a particular point; curve out; bulge; protrude; specif., to become distended from an abnormal accumulation of fluid in bodily tissue, as from infection or injury.
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To extend beyond or above the normal or surrounding level.
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To form swells, or large waves.
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To be or become filled (with pride, indignation, self-importance, etc.)
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To increase within a person, as a feeling.

The anger swelling in him.

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To increase in size, force, intensity, degree, etc.

Membership swelled to a thousand.

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To increase in volume or loudness.
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To cause to swell.
  • 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.
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A part that swells, bulge; curve; protuberance.
  • A large wave that moves steadily without breaking.
  • A piece of rising ground; rounded hill or slope.
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A swelling or being swollen.
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An increase in size, amount, extent, degree, etc.
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An increase in loudness of sound.
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(old, informal) Stylish; very fashionable.
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(slang) First-rate; excellent.
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(intransitive) To become bigger, especially due to being engorged.
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To cause to become bigger.

Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.

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(intransitive) To grow gradually in force or loudness.

The organ music swelled.

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To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate.

To be swelled with pride or haughtiness.

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(intransitive) To be raised to arrogance.
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To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
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To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant.

Swelling words; a swelling style.

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To protuberate; to bulge out.

A cask swells in the middle.

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(informal, now somewhat dated or ironic) Excellent.
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A long series of ocean waves, generally produced by wind, and lasting after the wind has ceased.
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(music) A gradual crescendo followed by diminuendo.
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(music) A device for controlling the volume of a pipe organ.
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(music) A division in a pipe organ, usually the largest enclosed division.
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A hillock or similar raised area of terrain.
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(informal) A person who is dressed in a fancy or elegant manner.
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(informal) A person of high social standing; an important person.
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Origin of swell

  • Middle English swellen from Old English swellan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English swellen, from Old English swellan (“to swell"), from Proto-Germanic *swellanÄ… (“to swell"), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old Frisian swella, Low German swellen, Dutch zwellen (“to swell"), German schwellen (“to swell"), Swedish svälla (“to swell"), Icelandic svella.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the above verb.

    From Wiktionary