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Definition of Swell

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increase in volume, expand, inflate; increase in intensity or amount; well up, rise up; bulge, protrude; become vain, puff up with vanity; cause to expand or increase; cause to protrude
(Informal) amazing, excellent, great; stylish, fashionable
act of swelling, distention; swollen part, protuberance; gradual increase; surge of feeling or emotion; (of an ocean, sea or lake) long unbroken wave, series of surface gravity waves that is not creaed by the local wind.; elevation of land, slope; crescendo followed by a diminuendo (Music)
Swell Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
tumeo
tumesco
Glossary of Bookbinding Terms
The additional thickness in the sewn folds of the sections, caused by the sewing thread and any repair paper.
Swell Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood.
  
(n.)
A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells.
  
(n.)
A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign.
  
(n.)
A showy, dashing person; a dandy.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
Gradual increase.
  
(n.)
Increase in height; elevation; rise.
  
(n.)
Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
  
(n.)
Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
  
(n.)
Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
  
(n.)
The act of swelling.
  
(v. i.)
To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.
  
(v. i.)
To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
  
(v. i.)
To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
  
(v. i.)
To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
  
(v. i.)
To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style.
  
(v. i.)
To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount.
  
(v. i.)
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.
  
(v. i.)
To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
  
(v. i.)
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.
  
(v. i.)
To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle.
  
(v. i.)
To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
  
(v. t.)
To aggravate; to heighten.
  
(v. t.)
To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note.
  
(v. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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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. [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.
swell
\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]
swell
\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. (c) increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound. music arose with its voluptuous swell. (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]


  similar words(6) 



 ground swell 
 swell shark 
 swell mob 
 heavy swell 
 swell up 
 organ swell 
English Idioms WM 1.3a
great, wonderful, (often used sarcastically)
"How was your vacation?" "Oh swell. It rained every day."
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Bog = n. arising up, swell
Bolchwydd = n. tympany, swell
Brawl = n. a swell out, a boast
Chwyddo = v. to swell out
Codi = v. to rise; to swell up
Crothi = v. to bulge, to swell
Crugo = v. to heap, to swell
Crythu = v. to swell out
Cywyn = n. a rise, a swell
Darchwyddo = v. to swell up
Dargrothi = v. to bulge, or swell
Gorchwydd = n. excessive swell
Morchwydd = n. swell of the sea
Poncio = v. to swell, to puff
Ponio = v. to swell, to puff
Trythu = v. to swell out
Ymchwyddo = v. to swell one's self
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
(synonym) crestless wave
(hypernym) wave, moving ridge
(hyponym) ground swell, heavy swell
2. a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
(hypernym) natural elevation, elevation
3. a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
(hypernym) crescendo
4. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
(synonym) dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, fashion plate, clotheshorse
(hypernym) man, adult male
(hyponym) coxcomb, cockscomb

Verb
1. increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"
(hypernym) increase
2. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
(synonym) puff up
(hypernym) act, behave, do
3. expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
(synonym) swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce
(hypernym) expand
(hyponym) distend
(derivation) swelling, puffiness, lump
4. as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"
(synonym) well up
(hypernym) originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow
5. come up; "Tears well in her eyes"
(synonym) well
(hypernym) surface, come up, rise up, rise
6. cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"
(hypernym) grow
(hyponym) bulge, bulk
(cause) swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce

Adjective
1. very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
(synonym) bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, smashing
(similar) good
(classification) colloquialism
Swell Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
UK Post Codes and Counties
County:  Somerset
Post Code: TA3
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Ocean waves that have traveled out of their fetch. Swell characteristically exhibits a more regular and longer period and has flatter crests than waves within their fetch. (JP 4-01.6)
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Swell Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
WEATHER&METEOROLOGY
Ocean waves that have traveled out of their generating area. Swell characteristically exhibits a more regular and longer period and has flatter wave crests than waves within their fetch.
Rubber Glossary
Increased volume of a specimen, caused by immersion in a fluid (usually liquid).
Swell Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Swell may refer to:
  • Swell (ocean), a formation of long wavelength ocean surface waves
  • Swell (band), an indie rock band from San Francisco
  • Swell, Gloucestershire, England
  • Swell (bookbinding), a term in bookbinding
  • Expression pedal, a control found on many organs and synthesizers, also called a swell box or swell pedal
  • Swell, another word for a fop, dandy, popinjay, or maccaroni (fashion)
  • Swell, a slang term for "good", "cool", or "nifty"
  • Swell, similar to "dandy", "peachy", and also used commonly by Russian born Simeon Dmitry.

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Swell Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
Succession of long and unbroken waves that are not due to meteorological conditions in the vicinity. Generally due to wind at a distance from the position.
Swell Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
(1) To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds. To rise in swells, as the sea. (2) A long wave on water that moves continuously without breaking.
Swell Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
puv-tor