Origin of swelling
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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Contemporary Examples of swelling
Swelling, pus, the whole shebang; an angry reaction that lasted weeks.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
But then, once this swelling tide has receded, what happens?Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
Not hard to imagine what drives this number – money, the ever swelling lubricant of elective office.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
“I was hospitalized for two or three days waiting for the swelling to disappear,” he recalled.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower
November 11, 2014
She was crying so much that an assistant was tasked with giving her ice packs to reduce the swelling.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of swelling
And he added, swelling visibly with importance: "We got to protect the city."Within the Law
Charles's house on the left; on the right the swelling forms of the Six Hills.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The emotion of the moment was swelling over Roma like a flood.The Eternal City
She helped him to keep his feet on the ground and his head from swelling.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
His limbs pained although they were swelling to enormous size.The Manxman
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
Word Origin for swell
Old English swellan "grow or make bigger" (past tense sweall, past participle swollen), from Proto-Germanic *swelnanan (cf. Old Saxon swellan, Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, Middle Dutch swellen, Dutch zwellen, Old High German swellan, German schwellen), of unknown origin.
early 13c., "a morbid swelling," from swell (v.). In reference to a rise of the sea, it is attested from c.1600. The meaning "wealthy, elegant person" is first recorded 1786; hence the adjectival meaning "fashionably dressed or equipped" (1810), both from the notion of "puffed-up, pompous" behavior. The sense of "good, excellent" first occurs 1897, and as a stand-alone expression of satisfaction it is recorded from 1930 in American English.