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.
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Origin of swell
SYNONYMS FOR 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 swelled
Thereafter, the 1960s swelled with political zeal and social unrest.
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
The crowd of journalists that has swelled to its largest number.
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
The arc of light became an arch and then a crescent, and swelled even as he looked.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The commotions in the Highlands, during the civil wars, swelled the number to greater proportions.
As he watched, it swelled visibly, the pink folds becoming a deeper shade.The Forgotten Planet|Murray Leinster
She was a foine-lukin woman, an now her eyes is all swelled up, an her nose the color of an ould toper.In Wild Rose Time|Amanda M. Douglas
It swelled all my head to that degree that I could not bear even a pillow.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon|Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
British Dictionary definitions for swelled
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