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v. swelled, swelled or swol·len (swō′lən), swell·ing, swells
1. To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
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.
a. To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.
b. To rise in swells, as the sea.
a. To be or become filled or puffed up, as with pride, arrogance, or anger.
b. To rise from within: Rage swelled within me.
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.
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.]
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Adj.1.swelled - feeling self-importanceswelled - feeling self-importance; "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
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So the Frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew, and swelled and swelled and swelled.
His firm lips met like the lips of a vice; the Delta of his forehead's veins swelled like overladen brooks; in his very sleep, his ringing cry ran through the vaulted hull, Stern all!
They, the girls, were of the dancing crowd that swelled by a certain constant percentage the gate receipts of all the picnics.
A carefully prepared crisis was reached in the last line of the last verse, where the singer threw out her arms and cried, "The star-spangled banner." Instantly a great cheer swelled from the throats of the assemblage of the masses.
The equilibrium swelling degree (Q) in the 0.9% NaCl aqueous solution was also obtained when the sample was swelled for 30 min at room temperature using Eq.