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.
SYNONYMS FOR swell
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Origin of swell
OTHER WORDS FROM swellre·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
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Example sentences from the Web for swell
Some side effects are expected and manageable, such as redness or swelling at the site of the injection, fever, aching muscles or joints, headaches or fatigue.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means|Aimee Cunningham|September 9, 2020|Science News
Year-round breaks, like the perfect swells at Praia de Santa Bárbara, attract surfers looking to avoid mainland Portugal’s crowds.
This could happen with a vaccine, leading to a swell of refusal among his political opponents.A third of Americans might refuse a Covid-19 vaccine. How screwed are we?|Brian Resnick|September 4, 2020|Vox
In a several years the entire network is expected to swell to 12,000 satellites, with a possible expansion to 42,000.Satellite mega-constellations risk ruining astronomy forever|Neel Patel|September 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
If there’s a big swell, the dramatic ending of The Firebird, you know, you’re right in the middle of it.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle|Rachel Crowell|September 2, 2020|Quanta Magazine
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
But when I see these sorts of lies in Iranian media, my eyes swell up with tears and I start shaking.
I kept holding out hope that he would say, ‘You know, this is pretty swell here and the work is fulfilling.’‘The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski on Life After Will Gardner’s Death|Jason Lynch|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Internal organs like the spleen swell up and become as hard as sausages.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 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.
Not only did he provide sub-octave and super-octave couplers freely, but he even added a Swell Sub-quint to Great coupler!
It is not exactly so, but is still very different to the gradual swell on the other Cremona instruments.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
The introduction of the balanced Swell pedal (Walcker, 1863) has greatly increased the tonal resources of the organ.
The position of the swell shutters is brought under the control of the organist's fingers as well as his feet.
To this general swell pedal (and its corresponding indicator key) any or all of the other swell pedals may be coupled at will.
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