from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand.
- intransitive verb To increase in force, size, number, or degree.
- intransitive verb To grow in loudness or intensity.
- intransitive verb To bulge out, as a sail.
- intransitive verb To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds.
- intransitive verb To rise in swells, as the sea.
- intransitive verb To be or become filled or puffed up, as with pride, arrogance, or anger.
- intransitive verb To rise from within.
- intransitive verb To cause to increase in volume, size, number, degree, or intensity.
- intransitive verb To fill with emotion.
- noun The act or process of swelling.
- noun The condition of being swollen.
- noun A swollen part; a bulge or protuberance.
- noun A long wave on water that moves continuously without breaking.
- noun A rise in the land; a rounded elevation.
- noun Informal One who is fashionably dressed or socially prominent.
- noun A crescendo followed by a gradual diminuendo.
- noun The sign indicating such a crescendo.
- noun A device on an instrument, such as an organ or harpsichord, for regulating volume.
- adjective Fashionably elegant; stylish.
- adjective Excellent; wonderful.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To grow in bulk; bulge; dilate or expand; increase in size or extent by addition of any kind; grow in volume, intensity, or force: literally or figuratively, and used in a great variety of applications.
- To belly, as sails; bulge out, as a cask in the middle; protuberate.
- To rise in altitude; rise above a given level.
- To be puffed up with some feeling; show outwardly elation or excitement; hence, to strut; look big: as, to
swellwith pride, anger, or rage.
- To rise and gather; well up.
- To increase the bulk, size, amount, or number of; cause to expand, dilate, or increase.
- To inflate; puff up; raise to arrogance.
- To increase gradually the intensity, force, or volume of: as, to
swella tone. See swell, n., 4.
- noun The act of swelling; augmentation in bulk; expansion; distention; increase in volume, intensity, number, force, etc.
- noun An elevation above a level, especially a gradual and even rise: as, a swell of land.
- noun A wave, especially when long and unbroken; collectively, the waves or fluctuations of the sea after a storm, often called
ground-swell; billows; a surge: as, a heavy swell.
- noun In music: A gradual increase and following decrease in loudness or force; a crescendo combined with a diminuendo. Compare
messa di voce.
- noun The sign ⟨ or ⟩, used to denote the above.
- noun A mechanical contrivance in the harpsichord and in both the pipe-organ and the reed-organ by which the loudness of the tones may be varied by opening or shutting the lid or set of blinds of a closed box, case, or chamber within which are the sounding strings, pipes, or vibrators.
- noun Same as swell-box, swell-keyboard, swell-organ, or swell-pedal. See also
- noun In a cannon, an enlargement near the muzzle: it is not present in guns as now made.
- noun In a gunstock, the enlarged and thickened part.
- noun In geology, an extensive area from whose central region the strata dip quaquaversally to a moderate amount, so as to give rise to a geologically and topographically peculiar type of structure.
- noun In coal-mining, a channel washed out or in some way eroded in a coal-seam, and afterward filled up with clay or sand. Also called, in some English coal-fields, a horse, and in others a want; sometimes also a horse-back, and in the South Wales coal-field a swine-back.
- noun A man of great claims to admiration; one of distinguished personality; hence, one who puts on such an appearance, or endeavors to appear important or distinguished; a dandy: as, a howling swell (a conspicuously great swell).
- noun In a stop-motion of a loom, a curved lever in the shuttle-box, which raises a catch out of engagement with the stop or stop-finger whenever the shuttle fairly enters the shuttle-box, but which, when the shuttle fails to enter, permits such engagement, thus bringing into action mechanism that stops the loom. Compare
- First-rate of its kind; hence, elegant; stylish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase.
- transitive verb To aggravate; to heighten.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
* I have decided that "swell" is the word for February.
From the head of the lawn, on the first soft swell from the valley-level, looked down the deep-porched, many-windowed house.
To let his brain swell and keep the blood flowing, thereby preventing the damage from worsening, doctors removed virtually the entire left side of his skull, a procedure known as a craniectomy.
A night of calm, when sleep is well-nigh impossible in the sultry, muggy air, may be followed by a day of blazing sun and an oily swell from the south'ard, connoting great gales in that area of ocean we are sailing toward -- or all day long the Elsinore, under an overcast sky, royals and sky sails furled, may plunge and buck under wind-pressure into a short and choppy head-sea.
I'm all for a sound and reasoned approach to any health and govt budget concerns, but what has been allowed to naturally and artificially swell is so close to a forest fire that the extremist who started it should face some type of charge and not a "Thank you" from like winged.
HURRAY – looks like a grassroots swell is a-comin '!!!
The first native to surf a German swell is said to have been Uwe Drath, a lifeguard on Sylt, in 1952.
Miami saw the margin swell to 12 midway through the second quarter and then to 15 when Wade soared past Desmond Mason and Collison for what became a three-point play with 2.8 seconds remaining in the third, as cries of ` ` M-V-P!
A night of calm, when sleep is well - nigh impossible in the sultry, muggy air, may be followed by a day of blazing sun and an oily swell from the south'ard, connoting great gales in that area of ocean we are sailing toward -- or all day long the Elsinore, under an overcast sky, royals and sky sails furled, may plunge and buck under wind-pressure into a short and choppy head-sea.
What's the long term swell forecast for this winter?