Organ swell
Swell Swell, n. 1. The act of swelling. [1913 Webster]

2. Gradual increase. Specifically: (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance. (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise. [1913 Webster]

Little River affords navigation during a swell to within three miles of the Miami. --Jefferson. [1913 Webster] (c) Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound. [1913 Webster]

Music arose with its voluptuous swell. --Byron. [1913 Webster] (d) Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force. [1913 Webster]

The swell and subsidence of his periods. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

3. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells. [1913 Webster]

4. A wave, or billow; especially, a succession of large waves; the roll of the sea after a storm; as, a heavy swell sets into the harbor. [1913 Webster]

The swell Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The gigantic swells and billows of the snow. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign. [1913 Webster]

6. A showy, dashing person; a dandy. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{Ground swell}. See under {Ground}.

{Organ swell} (Mus.), a certain number of pipes inclosed in a box, the uncovering of which by means of a pedal produces increased sound.

{Swell shark} (Zo["o]l.), a small shark ({Scyllium ventricosum}) of the west coast of North America, which takes in air when caught, and swells up like a swellfish. [1913 Webster]


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  • Swell — Swell, n. 1. The act of swelling. [1913 Webster] 2. Gradual increase. Specifically: (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance. (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise. [1913 Webster] Little River affords navigation during a swell to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swell shark — Swell Swell, n. 1. The act of swelling. [1913 Webster] 2. Gradual increase. Specifically: (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance. (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise. [1913 Webster] Little River affords navigation during a swell… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Organ (music) — Organ 1741 Pipe organ in Église Saint Thomas, Strasbourg, France. Classification Keyboard instrument (Aerophone) Playing r …   Wikipedia

  • Organ — • A musical instrument which consists of one or several sets of pipes, each pipe giving only one tone, and which is blown and played by mechanical means. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Organ     Organ …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • swell — [swel] vi. swelled, swelled or swollen, swelling [ME swellen < OE swellan; akin to Ger schwellen, ON svella] 1. to increase in volume or become larger as a result of pressure from within; expand; dilate 2. to become larger at a particular… …   English World dictionary

  • swell — ► VERB (past part. swollen or swelled) 1) become larger or rounder in size. 2) increase in intensity, amount, or volume. ► NOUN 1) a full or gently rounded form. 2) a gradual increase in sound, amount, or intensity. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • swell box — n. a chamber enclosing one or more sets of organ pipes or reeds and fitted with movable shutters that regulate the loudness of tone …   English World dictionary

  • Organ console — The console of the Wanamaker Organ in the Macy s (formerly Wanamaker s) department store in Philadelphia, featuring six manuals and colour coded stop tabs. The pipe organ is played from an area called the console, which holds the manuals, pedals …   Wikipedia

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