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

  • Contraction of swollen, p. p.

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  • adjective Obsolete spelling of swollen.


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  • Ay, thus it is, the old man will not forget that he has once been young, nor the young that he must some day be old; and so the one changes his manners into the lingering formality of advanced age, and the other remains like a midsummer torrent swoln with rain, every drop of water in it noise, froth, and overflow.

    Castle Dangerous

  • He remained while Gideon continued his explanation, in a dejected posture, his eyes fixed on the ground, and the veins of his forehead swoln with contending passions.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • With concern he beheld her cheeks pale, her eyes red and swoln, with weeping.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.

    The Essays

  • Each, lifelessly and spiritless, took our places, with swoln eyes, inquiring, without expecting any tolerable account, how each had rested.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • She asked her after me: and Dorcas left her, drying her red-swoln eyes at her glass; [no design of moving me by tears!] sighing too sensibly for my courage.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • O for a tear to ease my full-swoln heart that is just bursting! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • In one hand she held an ineffectual cordial, which she had just been offering to her dying mistress; her face was swoln with weeping (though used to such scenes as this); and she turned her eyes towards me, as if she called upon me by them to join in the helpless sorrow; a fresh stream bursting from them as I approached the bed.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • A distant sound is heard like the rushing of a swoln stream; it comes nearer, and Edward can plainly distinguish the galloping of horses, the cries and shouts of men, with straggling pistol-shots between, rolling forwards to the Hall.


  • The gently swelling hills that rose from the plain were covered with vines, and crowned with cypresses, olives and date trees; beyond, there appeared the sweep of lofty mountains whence the travellers had descended, and whence rose the little river Paglion, swoln by the snows that melt on their summits, and which, after meandering through the plain, washes the walls of Nice, where it falls into the Mediterranean.

    The Romance of the Forest


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