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swell

 (swĕl)
v. swelled, swelled or swol·len (swō′lən), swell·ing, swells
v.intr.
1. To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
2.
a. To increase in force, size, number, or degree: Membership in the club swelled.
b. To grow in loudness or intensity: "The din in front swelled to a tremendous chorus" (Stephen Crane).
3. To bulge out, as a sail.
4.
a. To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.
b. To rise in swells, as the sea.
5.
a. To be or become filled or puffed up, as with pride, arrogance, or anger.
b. To rise from within: Rage swelled within me.
v.tr.
1. To cause to increase in volume, size, number, degree, or intensity: The governor's full public disclosure only swelled the chorus of protests.
2. To fill with emotion.
n.
1.
a. The act or process of swelling.
b. The condition of being swollen.
2. A swollen part; a bulge or protuberance.
3. A long wave on water that moves continuously without breaking.
4. A rise in the land; a rounded elevation.
5. Informal One who is fashionably dressed or socially prominent: society swells.
6. Music
a. A crescendo followed by a gradual diminuendo.
b. The sign indicating such a crescendo.
c. A device on an instrument, such as an organ or harpsichord, for regulating volume.
adj. swell·er, swell·est Informal
1. Fashionably elegant; stylish.
2. Excellent; wonderful: had a swell time.

[Middle English swellen, from Old English swellan.]

swell

(swɛl)
vb, swells, swelling, swelled, swollen or swelled
1. to grow or cause to grow in size, esp as a result of internal pressure. Compare contract1, contract3
2. to expand or cause to expand at a particular point or above the surrounding level; protrude
3. to grow or cause to grow in size, amount, intensity, or degree: the party is swelling with new recruits.
4. to puff or be puffed up with pride or another emotion
5. (Physical Geography) (intr) (of seas or lakes) to rise in waves
6. (intr) to well up or overflow
7. (Music, other) (tr) to make (a musical phrase) increase gradually in volume and then diminish
n
8. (Physical Geography)
a. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
b. a succession of waves or a single large wave
9. a swelling or being swollen; expansion
10. an increase in quantity or degree; inflation
11. a bulge; protuberance
12. (Physical Geography) a gentle hill
13. (Clothing & Fashion) informal a person who is very fashionably dressed
14. informal a man of high social or political standing
15. (Music, other) music a crescendo followed by an immediate diminuendo
16. (Instruments) music
a. a set of pipes on an organ housed in a box (swell box) fitted with a shutter operated by a pedal, which can be opened or closed to control the volume
b. the manual on an organ controlling this. Compare choir4, great21
adj
17. informal stylish or grand
18. slang excellent; first-class
[Old English swellan; related to Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, German schwellen]

swell

(swɛl)

v. swelled, swol•len swelled, swell•ing, v.i.
1. to enlarge in bulk, as by growth, absorption of fluid, or engorgement.
2. (of a body part or area) to enlarge abnormally without growth of tissue.
3. to rise in waves, as the sea.
4. to well up, as a spring or as tears.
5. to bulge out, as a sail.
6. to grow in amount, degree, force, etc.
7. to increase gradually in volume or intensity, as sound.
8. to arise and grow within one, as a feeling or emotion.
9. to become puffed up with pride.
v.t.
10. to cause to grow in bulk.
11. to cause to increase gradually in loudness: to swell a musical tone.
12. to cause to bulge out or be protuberant.
13. to increase in amount, degree, force, etc.
14. to affect with a strong, expansive emotion.
15. to puff up with pride.
n.
16. the act of swelling or the condition of being swollen.
17. inflation or distention.
18. a protuberant part.
19. a wave, esp. when long and unbroken, or a series of such waves.
20. a gradually rising elevation of the land.
21. an increase in amount, degree, force, etc.
22. a gradual increase in loudness of sound.
23.
a. a gradual increase and then decrease in musical volume.
b. the sign (<>) for indicating this.
c. a device, as in an organ, by which the loudness of tones may be varied.
24. a swelling of emotion within one.
25. Informal.
a. a fashionably dressed person; dandy.
b. a socially prominent person.
adj. Informal.
26. (of things) stylish; elegant.
27. (of persons) fashionably dressed or socially prominent.
28. first-rate; fine.
[before 900; Middle English (v.), Old English swellan, c. Old Frisian swella, Old Saxon, Old High German swellan, Old Norse svella; akin to Gothic ufswalleins pride]

swell

Ocean waves that have traveled out of their fetch. Swell characteristically exhibits a more regular and longer period and has flatter crests than waves within their fetch.

swell


Past participle: swelled/swollen
Gerund: swelling

Imperative
swell
swell
Present
I swell
you swell
he/she/it swells
we swell
you swell
they swell
Preterite
I swelled
you swelled
he/she/it swelled
we swelled
you swelled
they swelled
Present Continuous
I am swelling
you are swelling
he/she/it is swelling
we are swelling
you are swelling
they are swelling
Present Perfect
I have swelled/swollen
you have swelled/swollen
he/she/it has swelled/swollen
we have swelled/swollen
you have swelled/swollen
they have swelled/swollen
Past Continuous
I was swelling
you were swelling
he/she/it was swelling
we were swelling
you were swelling
they were swelling
Past Perfect
I had swelled/swollen
you had swelled/swollen
he/she/it had swelled/swollen
we had swelled/swollen
you had swelled/swollen
they had swelled/swollen
Future
I will swell
you will swell
he/she/it will swell
we will swell
you will swell
they will swell
Future Perfect
I will have swelled/swollen
you will have swelled/swollen
he/she/it will have swelled/swollen
we will have swelled/swollen
you will have swelled/swollen
they will have swelled/swollen
Future Continuous
I will be swelling
you will be swelling
he/she/it will be swelling
we will be swelling
you will be swelling
they will be swelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swelling
you have been swelling
he/she/it has been swelling
we have been swelling
you have been swelling
they have been swelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swelling
you will have been swelling
he/she/it will have been swelling
we will have been swelling
you will have been swelling
they will have been swelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swelling
you had been swelling
he/she/it had been swelling
we had been swelling
you had been swelling
they had been swelling
Conditional
I would swell
you would swell
he/she/it would swell
we would swell
you would swell
they would swell
Past Conditional
I would have swelled/swollen
you would have swelled/swollen
he/she/it would have swelled/swollen
we would have swelled/swollen
you would have swelled/swollen
they would have swelled/swollen

swell

A long, symmetrical undulation of the surface of the sea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swell - the undulating movement of the surface of the open seaswell - the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
heavy swell, ground swell - a broad and deep undulation of the ocean
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
2.swell - a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
natural elevation, elevation - a raised or elevated geological formation
3.swell - a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
crescendo - (music) a gradual increase in loudness
4.swell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearanceswell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
coxcomb, cockscomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
macaroni - a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms; "Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni"
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
Verb1.swell - increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
2.swell - become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3.swell - expand abnormallyswell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
distend - swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"
expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"
belly, belly out - swell out or bulge out
puff out, puff up, puff, blow up - to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
bloat - become bloated or swollen or puff up; "The dead man's stomach was bloated"
blister, vesicate - get blistered; "Her feet blistered during the long hike"
4.swell - come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things); "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"
arise, originate, spring up, uprise, develop, grow, rise - come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose"
5.swell - come up, as of a liquidswell - come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"
rise up, surface, come up, rise - come to the surface
6.swell - cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"
grow - cause to grow or develop; "He grows vegetables in his backyard"
bulk, bulge - cause to bulge or swell outwards
tumefy - cause to become very swollen
bloat - make bloated or swollen; "Hunger bloated the child's belly"
Adj.1.swell - very goodswell - very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"

swell

verb
1. increase, rise, grow, mount, expand, surge, step up, accelerate, escalate, multiply, grow larger The human population swelled as migrants moved south.
increase fall, decrease, lessen, reduce, go down, diminish, wane, ebb
2. expand, increase, grow, rise, extend, balloon, belly, enlarge, bulge, protrude, well up, billow, fatten, dilate, puff up, round out, be inflated, become larger, distend, bloat, tumefy, become bloated or distended The limbs swell to an enormous size.
expand contract, shrink, become smaller, deflate
3. be filled, be full, be overcome, brim, overflow, be bursting She could see her two sons swell with pride.
4. become louder, intensify, amplify, become loud, heighten Heavenly music swelled from nowhere.
noun
1. wave, rise, surge, billow, undulation the swell of the incoming tide
adjective
1. wonderful, excellent, superb, marvellous, topping (Brit. slang), sensational (informal), sovereign, awesome (slang), first-rate, brill (informal), out of this world (informal), the dog's bollocks (taboo slang) I've had a swell time.

swell

verbnounadjective
Translations
إرْتِفاع البَحْر وانْخِفاضُهرائَع!يَنْتَفِخ، يَوْرَم، يَكْبُر، يَزيد
ohromnýotéctotékatrozvodnitvzdouvání
dønninggodherligøgesvulme
erinomainenmaininkipaisuaturvota
dagadduzzasztmegdagadmegduzzasztvihar utáni hullámzás
aldabólgna, òrútnafínn, frábær
ištinimaspatinęspatintipatvinęspatvinti
kolosālslieliskspietūktviļņiviļņošanās
rozvodniťvzdúvanie
oteči
svälla
fura
art makkabar makkabarmaşiş mek

swell

[swel] (swelled (vb: pt) (swollen (pp)))
A. N
1. (Naut) (= movement) → oleaje m; (= large wave) → marejada f
2. (= bulge) the gentle swell of her hipsla suave turgencia de sus caderas
3. (= surge) [of anger] → arrebato m, arranque m; [of sympathy, emotion] → oleada f
4. (Mus) → crescendo m; (on organ) → regulador m de volumen
5. (o.f.) (= stylish man) → majo m; (= important man) → encopetado m
the swellsla gente bien, la gente de buen tono
B. ADJ (US) (= fine, good) → fenomenal, bárbaro
we had a swell timelo pasamos en grande
it's a swell placees un sitio estupendo
C. VI
1. (physically) [ankle, eye etc] (also swell up) → hincharse; [sails] (also swell out) → inflarse, hincharse; [river] → crecer
her arm swelled upse le hinchó el brazo
to swell with pridehincharse de orgullo
2. (in size, number) → aumentar, crecer
numbers have swollen greatlyel número ha aumentado muchísimo
the little group soon swelled into a crowdel pequeño grupo se transformó pronto en multitud
the cheers swelled to a roarlos vítores fueron creciendo hasta convertirse en un estruendo
D. VT
1. (physically) → hinchar
to have a swollen handtener la mano hinchada
my ankle is very swollentengo el tobillo muy hinchado
her eyes were swollen with tearstenía los ojos hinchados de lágrimas
the rains had swollen the riverlas lluvias habían hecho crecer el río
the river is swollenel río está crecido
you'll give him a swollen headle vas a hacer que se lo crea
2. [+ numbers, sales] → aumentar
all they are doing is swelling the ranks of the unemployedlo único que hacen es engrosar las cifras de desempleados

swell

[ˈswɛl]
vb [swelled] (pt) [swollen or swelled] (pp)
vt
(= increase) [+ profits, numbers, population, crowd] → gonfler
(= fill) [+ sails] → gonfler
vi
(= become larger) [ankles, arm, face, eye] → enfler; [lentils, buds, tyre] → gonfler
(= increase) [population, crowd, bank balance, profits] → grossir
(= curve outwards) [sails] → se gonfler
[sound, music] → s'enfler
(= be filled) to swell with pride → être gonflé(e) d'orgueil
n [sea] → houle f
adj (US) (= excellent) [guy, kid, place, car] → chouette before n
We had a swell time → On a passé un chouette moment.
She's a swell kid → C'est une chouette gosse.
swell up
vi [ankles, arm, face, eye] → enfler

swell

vb: pret <swelled>, ptp <swollen or swelled>
n
(of sea)Wogen nt no pl; (= wave)Woge f; there was a heavy swelles herrschte hoher Seegang or schwere See
(dated inf, = stylish person) → feine Dame, feiner Herr; (= important person)hohes Tier; (of high society)Größe f; the swells pldie feinen Leute
(Mus, = sound) → Crescendo nt; (= control, knob)Schweller m; (= mechanism)Schwellwerk nt
adj
(dated, = stylish) → fein, vornehm; house, restaurantnobel (inf), → vornehm
(esp US dated: = excellent) → klasse (inf), → prima (inf)
vt ankle, river, sound etcanschwellen lassen; stomach(auf)blähen; wood(auf)quellen; sailblähen; numbers, populationanwachsen lassen; salessteigern; to be swollen with pridestolzgeschwellt sein; your praise will only swell her headdein Lob wird ihr nur zu Kopf steigen
vi
(ankle, arm, eye etc: also swell up) → (an)schwellen; (balloon, air bed, tyre)sich füllen; to swell (up) with ragevor Wut rot anlaufen; to swell (up) with pridevor Stolz anschwellen; the children’s bellies had swollen with hungerdie Bäuche der Kinder waren vom Hunger (auf)gebläht
(river, lake, sound etc)anschwellen; (sails: also swell out) → sich blähen; (wood)quellen; (in size, number: population, debt etc) → anwachsen; the crowd swelled to 2000die Menschenmenge wuchs auf 2000 an; the cheers swelled to a roarder Jubel schwoll zu einem Begeisterungssturm an; the debt had swollen to a massive sumdie Schuld war zu einer riesigen Summe angewachsen ? also swollen

swell

[swɛl] (swelled (vb: pt) (swollen (pp)))
1. n (of sea) → mare m lungo
2. adj (Am) (fine, good) → eccezionale, favoloso/a
that's just swell → perfetto
3. vi (ankle, eye) (also swell up) → gonfiarsi; (sails) → prendere il vento; (in size, number) → aumentare; (sound, music) → diventare più forte; (river) → ingrossarsi
to swell with pride → gonfiarsi d'orgoglio
the cheers swelled to a roar → gli applausi si tramutarono in un boato
4. vt (numbers, sales) → far aumentare; (sails) → gonfiare; (river) → ingrossare

swell

(swel) past tense swelled: past participle swollen (ˈswoulən) verb
to make or become larger, greater or thicker. The insect-bite made her finger swell; The continual rain had swollen the river; I invited her to join us on the excursion in order to swell the numbers.
noun
a rolling condition of the sea, usually after a storm. The sea looked fairly calm but there was a heavy swell.
adjective
(especially American) used as a term of approval. a swell idea; That's swell!
ˈswelling noun
a swollen area, especially on the body as a result of injury, disease etc. She had a swelling on her arm where the wasp had stung her.
swollen (ˈswəulən) adjective
increased in size, thickness etc, through swelling. a swollen river; He had a swollen ankle after falling down the stairs.
ˌswollen-ˈheaded adjective
too pleased with oneself; conceited. He's very swollen-headed about his success.
swell out
to (cause to) bulge. The sails swelled out in the wind.
swell up
(of a part of the body) to swell. The toothache made her face swell up.

swell

v. hinchar, abultar, entumecer, agrandar;
vr. hincharse, entumecerse, agrandarse.

swell

vi (pret swelled; pp swelled o swollen) (también to — up) hincharse; Do your feet swell (up)?..¿Se le hinchan los pies?
References in classic literature ?
Gondola after gondola swept up to the marble steps, and left its lovely load to swell the brilliant throng that filled the stately halls of Count Adelon.
The road from the post-office came directly by our door, crossed the farmyard, and curved round this little pond, beyond which it began to climb the gentle swell of unbroken prairie to the west.
The uproar which had so lately echoed through the vaults of the forest was gone, leaving the rush of the waters to swell and sink on the currents of the air, in the unmingled sweetness of nature.
The history of my going home, and returning with my family, forms a series of difficulties, an account of which would swell a volume, and being foreign to my purpose, I shall purposely omit them.
While thus dismissing her, the maiden lady stept forward, kissed Phoebe, and pressed her to her heart, which beat against the girl's bosom with a strong, high, and tumultuous swell.
Such occasions might remind the elderly citizen of that period, before the last war with England, when Salem was a port by itself; not scorned, as she is now, by her own merchants and ship-owners, who permit her wharves to crumble to ruin while their ventures go to swell, needlessly and imperceptibly, the mighty flood of commerce at New York or Boston.
Nevertheless, he stuck to their wake, though indeed their back water must have retarded him, because the white-bone or swell at his broad muzzle was a dashed one, like the swell formed when two hostile currents meet.
There had come to Scully a proposition to nominate a certain rich brewer who lived upon a swell boulevard that skirted the district, and who coveted the big badge and the "honorable" of an alderman.
ye whose hearts swell indignant at wrongs like these.
We covered it with swell tapestries borrowed for the occasion, and topped it off with the abbot's own throne.
With the last note the bands burst out with a crash: and woke the mountains with the "Star-Spangled Banner" in a way to make a body's heart swell and thump and his hair rise
I must seem very ignorant to you; but you must try to overlook that, because I have never had any experience of such a swell duel as this before.