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
Example sentences from the Web for swell
Thereafter, the 1960s swelled with political zeal and social unrest.
The crowd of journalists that has swelled to its largest number.
The crowd of journalists that had swelled to its largest number.An Uneasy Peace Falls on Ferguson after Local Cops Called Off|Justin Glawe|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In recent weeks, the size of these groups has swelled to up to 100.Hundreds of Immigrants Are Rushing the Border Just to Get Caught|Caitlin Dickson|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The number who feel lower class has swelled from 25% in 2008 to an almost doubled 49% in 2014 according to CNN.Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?|Sarah Kunst|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our class has swelled to about a dozen persons now, and a good many others come and play to him once or twice and then go.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The improvement of transport still further swelled the volume of production.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Railway expectations ran high; immense traffic receipts, sorely needed, ought to have swelled the coffers of the companies.
Other writers suffered from that complaint known as "swelled head," but Walter Fetherston never.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
The deep, dull murmurings of the multitude swelled in unison with the sighings of the storm rising upon the somber night.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
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