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Verb: swell (swelled,swollen)  swel
  1. Increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
    "The music swelled to a crescendo"
  2. Become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
    "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son";
    - puff up
  3. Expand abnormally
    "The bellies of the starving children are swelling";
    - swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce, puff
  4. Come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
    "Smoke swelled from it";
    - well up
  5. Come up, as of a liquid
    "Tears swell in her eyes";
    - well
  6. Cause to become swollen
    "The water swells the wood"
Noun: swell  swel
  1. The undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
    - crestless wave
  2. A rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
  3. A crescendo followed by a decrescendo
  4. A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    - dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau [archaic], fashion plate, clotheshorse
  5. A box or chamber in an organ that contains the reeds or a set of pipes and has shutters that open or shut usually by means of a pedal in order to regulate the volume of musical tone
    - swell box
Adjective: swell (sweller,swellest)  swel
  1. Very good
    "he did a swell job";
    - bang-up [N. Amer, informal], bully, corking [Brit, informal], cracking [Brit, informal], dandy, great, groovy [informal], keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, grouse [Austral, NZ], ripper [Austral], lovely

Derived forms: swellest, swelling, swollen, swells, swelled, sweller

See also: good

Type of: act, adult male, arise, behave, come up, crescendo, develop, do, elevation, expand, grow, increase, man, moving ridge, natural elevation, originate, rise, rise up, spring up, surface, uprise, wave

Encyclopedia: Swell, Somerset