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  Definition of swell
  1. a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
  2. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
  3. a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
  4. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
  5. expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
  6. cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"
  7. increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"
  8. come up; "Tears well in her eyes"
  9. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
  10. as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"
  11. very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
Similar Words: crestless wave, dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, fashion plate, clotheshorse, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce, well, puff up, well up, bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, smashing

 

Hyponyms: ground swell, heavy swell, coxcomb, cockscomb, macaroni, Brummell, George Bryan Brummell, Beau Brummell, distend, belly, belly out, puff, puff up, blow up, puff out, bloat, blister, vesicate, bulge, bulk, tumefy

 

Derivational Morphology: dandify, tumefaction, intumescence, intumescency, swelling, puffiness, lump

 

Anagrams: Wells, slews

 

Language Translations:
Catalan: inflar-se   Dutch: zwellen  
Finnish: turvota   French: gonfler  
German: schwellen   Indonesian: bengkak  
Italian: gonfiare   Japanese: 膨れる  
Portuguese: inchar   Slovak: opuchnúť  
Spanish: hincharse   Swahili: fura  
Swedish: svälla  
 
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