[too-mes-uh nt, tyoo-]
- swelling; slightly tumid.
- exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
- pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
Origin of tumescent
1880–85; < Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent
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Examples from the Web for tumescent
Except for the occasional mosquito, there was no sound save the tumescent sea and his voice.Bab: A Sub-Deb
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- swollen or becoming swollen
C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre
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Word Origin and History for tumescent
1806, from Latin tumescentem, present participle of tumescere "to begin to swell," inceptive of tumere "to swell" (see thigh).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Somewhat tumid.
- Becoming swollen; swelling.
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