verb (used without object), swelled, swol·len or swelled, swell·ing.
verb (used with object), swelled, swol·len or swelled, swell·ing.
- a gradual increase (crescendo) followed by a gradual decrease (diminuendo) in loudness or force of musical sound.
- the sign (< >) for indicating this.
- a device, as in an organ, by which the loudness of tones may be varied.
- a fashionably dressed person; dandy.
- a socially prominent person.
Origin of swell
SYNONYMS FOR swell
Related formsre·swell, verb, re·swelled, re·swelled or re·swol·len, re·swell·ing.un·der·swell, verb (used without object), un·der·swelled, un·der·swelled or un·der·swol·len, un·der·swell·ing.un·der·swell, nounun·swelled, adjective
Examples from the Web for swell
It stands to reason the controversy will swell after the release.Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)|Brandy Zadrozny|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It would be a swell joke on tout-le-monde if you & Fife & I spent the summer at Juan-les-Pins,” she wrote.
And so the deficit can swell very rapidly during a recession.
An airy acoustic guitar begins to strum; a synthesized orchestra begins to swell.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World|Andrew Romano|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The sidewalks continued to swell with busy people, hell bent on getting to important places.
The machinery has now been added to, and the result will certainly go to swell these figures considerably more in the near future.Uruguay|W. H. Koebel
Already a breeze ruffled the surface of the water, and the swell appeared to increase rather than go down.The Phantom Ship|Frederick Marryat
The sensation that a ship gives a passenger when it dips after a swell returned, but it quickly passed.The Guns of Europe|Joseph A. Altsheler
The swell had fallen; but the sea breathes and lives even in its sleep.
"That was swell of you, Bruce," she said, with an admiring smile.Bruce of the Circle A|Harold Titus
British Dictionary definitions for swell
verb swells, swelling, swelled, swollen or swelled
- the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
- a succession of waves or a single large wave