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.
Origin of swell
Examples from the Web for swollen
So the discs get all floppy, swollen, pop out left, pop out right.Why Is Louis C.K. So Funny? He Uses Humor as a Moral Compass.|Andrew Romano|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the attitude of doctors was that if the lymph glands were swollen it was a good sign of a body fighting infection.
According to Robertson—not a registered dietician—low carb diets “build up clinkers” and “you get swollen joints, you get gout.”Diet Like Jesus: What the Bible Says About How to Eat|Candida Moss|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Lifting his swollen hands and visibly cut-up wrists as proof, he leads me through a trail of wounds.
“The art of biography has produced all these swollen books,” McMurtry told me.Larry McMurtry on the Villainous Custer and the Myths of the West|Nick Romeo|November 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Seeing them, Avdotya could not restrain her tears; they simply spurted from her red and swollen eyes.Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
With a sigh of relief she stretches out her aching and swollen arms.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
Soon afterwards ten of his men came in, loaded with swollen wine-bags.
Some of the southern goats have swollen ears, but what the cause of this trouble is no one has yet determined.Practical Angora Goat Raising|C. P. Bailey
He had cried so that his eyes were all swollen up, and he was a sight to behold.Five Little Peppers at School|Margaret Sidney
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
early 14c., past participle adjective from swell (v.); from Old English geswollen, past participle of swellan.
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.