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Definition of Swell
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
[The Church] swells her high, heart-cheering tone.
2. To aggravate; to heighten.
It is low ebb with his accuser when such
peccadilloes are put to swell the charge.
3. To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be
swelled with pride or haughtiness.
4. (Mus.) To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the
sound of a note.
SwellSwell 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,
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.
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.
3. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as,
in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
4. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do
at scarlet. --Sir W.
5. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
6. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling
words; a swelling style.
7. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the
8. To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
Your equal mind yet swells not into state. --Dryden.
9. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
``Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!' --Shak.
10. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added,
swell to a great amount.
11. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to
strut; to look big.
Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock. --Shak. SwellSwell Swell, n.
1. The act of swelling.
2. Gradual increase. Specifically:
(a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
(b) Increase in height; elevation; rise.
Little River affords navigation during a swell
to within three miles of the Miami. --Jefferson.
(c) Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
Music arose with its voluptuous swell. --Byron.
(d) Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
The swell and subsidence of his periods.
3. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an
extensive plain abounding with little swells.
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.
The swell Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay.
The gigantic swells and billows of the snow.
5. (Mus.) A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of
sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally
indicated by the sign.
6. A showy, dashing person; a dandy. [Slang]
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
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. SwellSwell Swell, a.
Having the characteristics of a person of rank and
importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell
person; a swell neighborhood. [Slang]
Swell mob. See under Mob. [Slang]
Meaning of Swell from wikipedia
name for a geographic hillock Swell
(ocean), a formation
of long wavelength ocean surface waves Swell
(geology), a large...
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, in the context
of an ocean, sea or lake, is a series
of mechanical waves
that propagate along
the interface between water
and air and thus are...
to be struck
in a dangerous
way. A cross swell
when the wave systems
are longer period swell
than short period
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- The swell shark
(Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) is a catshark
in the family
Scyliorhinidae. It is found
in the subtropical eastern Pacific Ocean
- shrink–swell capacity
of clay refers
to the extent certain
when wet and retract
when dry. Soil with a high shrink–swell
- The Swell Season
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- every living heart
and hearthstone, all over this broad
land, will yet swell
of the Union, when again
touched, as surely
they will be, by...
- Rafael Swell
is a large geologic feature located
in south-central Utah about
(48 km) west of Green
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