It illustrated a deep, and swelling, sea change in American fashion: things were getting wild.
The Dutch teenager, an avid field hockey, soccer, and tennis player, went to rehab, but as the swelling abated, her leg grew numb.
In fact, Ghonim seemed eager to disappear among the swelling crowds.
Not hard to imagine what drives this number – money, the ever swelling lubricant of elective office.
Cars, trucks, and boats are sent rushing under a bridge and over a swelling wall of water in Japan.
The idea of your swelling around the country and petting yourself with the nickname of Givenaught—intolerable humbug!
The men's faces were beginning to change now, in spite of the swelling.
Above the din of firing a swelling chorus rose upon the night, startling and weird in such a time and place.
But he could not keep his nostrils from swelling, or his eyes from flashing.
There one listened to the full, swelling chords of the organ; here to the soft, dulcet, silvery notes of the violin.
Old English swellan "grow or make bigger" (past tense sweall, past participle swollen), from Proto-Germanic *swelnanan (cf. Old Saxon swellan, Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, Middle Dutch swellen, Dutch zwellen, Old High German swellan, German schwellen), of unknown origin.
early 13c., "a morbid swelling," from swell (v.). In reference to a rise of the sea, it is attested from c.1600. The meaning "wealthy, elegant person" is first recorded 1786; hence the adjectival meaning "fashionably dressed or equipped" (1810), both from the notion of "puffed-up, pompous" behavior. The sense of "good, excellent" first occurs 1897, and as a stand-alone expression of satisfaction it is recorded from 1930 in American English.
swelling swell·ing (swěl'ĭng)
Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.
A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or process.
Excellent; wonderful; superb: The hotels are swell/ He was a hell of a swell fellow (1888+)
: The new owners have treated me swell (1920s+)
[perhaps fr the late 18th-century phrase cut a swell, ''swagger,'' describing the behavior of a person who swells with arrogance]
of Jordan (Jer. 12:5), literally the "pride" of Jordan (as in R.V.), i.e., the luxuriant thickets of tamarisks, poplars, reeds, etc., which were the lair of lions and other beasts of prey. The reference is not to the overflowing of the river banks. (Comp. 49:19; 50:44; Zech. 11:3).