- to swell up, as with heat; become tumid.
- to bubble up.
Origin of intumesce
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- (intr) to swell or become swollen; undergo intumescence
Word Origin for intumesce
C18: from Latin intumescere, from tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre to swell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- To swell or expand; enlarge.
- To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating.
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