Swell Swell, v. i. [imp. {Swelled}; p. p. {Swelled} or {Swollen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swelling}.] [AS. swellan; akin to D. zwellen, OS. & OHG. swellan, G. schwellen, Icel. svella, Sw. sv["a]lla.] 1. To grow larger; to dilate or extend the exterior surface or dimensions, by matter added within, or by expansion of the inclosed substance; as, the legs swell in dropsy; a bruised part swells; a bladder swells by inflation. [1913 Webster]

2. To increase in size or extent by any addition; to increase in volume or force; as, a river swells, and overflows its banks; sounds swell or diminish. [1913 Webster]

3. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves. [1913 Webster]

4. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride. [1913 Webster]

You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do at scarlet. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell. [1913 Webster]

6. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style. [1913 Webster]

7. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle. [1913 Webster]

8. To be elated; to rise arrogantly. [1913 Webster]

Your equal mind yet swells not into state. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

9. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand. ``Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount. [1913 Webster]

11. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big. [1913 Webster]

Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swollen — Swoll en, a. Enlarged by swelling; immoderately increased; as, swollen eyes; swollen streams. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swollen — Swoll en, p. p. of {Swell}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swollen — index full, fustian, inflated (enlarged), orotund, pretentious (pompous), proud (conceited) …   Law dictionary

  • swollen — early 14c., pp. of SWELL (Cf. swell) (v.); from O.E. geswollen, pp. of swellan …   Etymology dictionary

  • swollen — [adj] enlarged bloated, bulgy, distended, distent, inflamed, inflated, puffed, puffy, tumescent, tumid; concept 485 Ant. compressed, contracted, shrunken …   New thesaurus

  • swollen — [swōl′ən] vi., vt. alt. pp. of SWELL adj. increased in volume or size, as from inner pressure; blown up; distended; bulging …   English World dictionary

  • swollen — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem ▪ become, get ▪ Her legs got swollen from standing up all day. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • swollen — swol|len1 [ˈswəulən US ˈswou ] the past participle of ↑swell 1 swollen 2 swollen2 adj 1.) a part of your body that is swollen is bigger than usual, especially because you are ill or injured ▪ swollen glands ▪ a badly swollen ankle ▪ His eyes were …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swollen — swol|len1 [ swoulən ] adjective * 1. ) an area of your body that is swollen has increased in size as a result of an injury or illness: Their eyes were red and swollen from the smoke. a swollen hand/knee/foot 2. ) a swollen river or stream… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swollen — 1 the past participle of swell 1 2 adjective 1 a part of your body that is swollen is bigger than usual because of illness or injury: He bandaged his swollen ankle. 2 a river that is swollen has more water in it than usual 3 have a swollen… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • swollen — [[t]swo͟ʊl(ə)n[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a part of your body is swollen, it is larger and rounder than normal, usually as a result of injury or illness. My eyes were so swollen I could hardly see. 2) ADJ GRADED A swollen river has more water in it… …   English dictionary

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