swell
I. verb (swelled; swelled or swollen; swelling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swellan; akin to Old High German swellan to swell Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to expand (as in size, volume, or numbers) gradually beyond a normal or original limit <
the population swelled
>
b. to become distended or puffed up <
her ankle is badly swollen
>
c. to form a bulge or rounded elevation 2. a. to become filled with pride and arrogance b. to behave or speak in a pompous, blustering, or self-important manner c. to play the swell 3. to become distended with emotion transitive verb 1. to affect with a powerful or expansive emotion 2. to increase the size, number, or intensity of <
swell the applicant pool
>
Synonyms: see expand II. noun Date: 1606 1. a long often massive and crestless wave or succession of waves often continuing beyond or after its cause (as a gale) 2. a. the condition of being protuberant b. a rounded elevation 3. a. the act or process of swelling b. (1) a gradual increase and decrease of the loudness of a musical sound; also a sign indicating a swell (2) a device used in an organ for governing loudness 4. a. archaic an impressive, pompous, or fashionable air or display b. a person dressed in the height of fashion c. a person of high social position or outstanding competence III. adjective Date: 1785 1. a. stylish b. socially prominent 2. excellent — used as a generalized term of enthusiasm

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Swell — Swell, v. t. 1. To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase; as, rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring; immigration swells the population. [1913 Webster] [The Church] swells her high, heart… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • swell — swel vi, swelled; swelled or swol·len swō lən; swell·ing to become distended or puffed up <her ankle swelled> …   Medical dictionary

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  • 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

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