from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being swollen.
  • noun Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tumor, or any morbid enlargement: as, a swelling on the hand or leg.
  • noun A protuberance; a prominence.
  • noun A rising or inflation, as by passion or other powerful emotion: as, the swellings of anger, grief, or pride.
  • noun The state of being puffed up; arrogance; pride.
  • noun An overflow; an inundation.
  • Grand; pompous; inflated; bombastic: as, swelling words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of that which swells
  • noun (Med.) A protuberance; a prominence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being swollen.
  • noun Anything swollen, especially any abnormally swollen part of the body.
  • verb Present participle of swell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)
  • noun something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
  • noun an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement


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