[ swel-ing ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that swells.

  2. the condition of being or becoming swollen.

  1. a swollen part; a protuberance or prominence.

  2. Pathology. an abnormal enlargement or protuberance, as that resulting from edema.

Origin of swelling

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see swell, -ing1

Other words from swelling

  • un·swell·ing, adjective

Words Nearby swelling

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British Dictionary definitions for swelling


/ (ˈswɛlɪŋ) /

  1. the act of expansion or inflation

  2. the state of being or becoming swollen

  1. a swollen or inflated part or area

  2. an abnormal enlargement of a bodily structure or part, esp as the result of injury

Other words from swelling

  • Related adjective: tumescent

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