Definitions of swell

  1. To grow larger; to dilate or extend; to increase in size or extent; to heave; to be puffed up; to be bloated; to be inflated; to bulge out; to rise into arrogance; to grow more violent; to become larger; to become louder; to strut; to rise in altitude.
  2. To cause to rise or increase; inflate; puff up; make to grow louder and fuller; as, their voices swelled the chorus.
  3. To increase the size of: to aggravate: to increase the sound of: to raise to arrogance:- pa. p. swelled or swollen.
  4. To expand; increase in size, volume, or force; be in flated; be puffed up; as, to swell with importance.
  5. To grow larger: to expand: to rise into waves: to heave: to be inflated: to bulge out: to grow louder: to be bombastic, to strut: to become elated, arrogant, or angry: to grow upon the view: to grow louder, as a note.
  6. To expand; rise into waves; heave; dilate; grow louder; be bombastic.
  7. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; " The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
  8. as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; " Strong emotions welled up"; " Smoke swelled from it"
  9. increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; " The music swelled to a crescendo"
  10. cause to become swollen; " The water swells the wood"
  11. come up, as of liquids; " Tears well in her eyes"
  12. To be inflated.
  13. To increase in force, intensity, or volume; rise up; grow.
  14. To increase the size, bulk or dimensions of; to heighten; to raise to arrogance; to enlarge; to augment, as the sound of a note.
  15. Swelled or swollen.
  16. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
  17. a rounded elevation ( especially one on an ocean floor)
  18. A swelling.
  19. Act or state of swelling; increase in volume, force, value; gradual increase and decrease of sound; a long continuous wave or billow; gradual elevation of land; colloquially, a fashionable person.
  20. Act of swelling: increase in size or sound: a gradual rise of ground: a wave: the waves or tides of the sea, esp. after a storm: a strutting foppish fellow, a dandy.
  21. Increase in bulk or sound; waves of the sea.
  22. A billow.
  23. A person of the ultrafashionable set.
  24. Extension of bulk; increase of sound; a gradual ascent or elevation of land; a wave or billow, or rather a succession of waves; in an organ, a certain number of pipes inclosed in a box, which being uncovered produces a swell of sound; an important personage; a showily dressed person or fop.
  25. come up; " Tears well in her eyes"
  26. To grow larger; to dilate or extend the exterior surface or dimensions, by matter added within, or by expansion of the inclosed substance; as, the legs swell in dropsy; a bruised part swells; a bladder swells by inflation.
  27. To increase in size or extent by any addition; to increase in volume or force; as, a river swells, and overflows its banks; sounds swell or diminish.
  28. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
  29. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
  30. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
  31. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style.
  32. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle.
  33. To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
  34. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
  35. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount.
  36. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.
  37. To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase; as, rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring; immigration swells the population.
  38. To aggravate; to heighten.
  39. To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
  40. To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note.
  41. Gradual increase.
  42. Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
  43. Increase in height; elevation; rise.
  44. Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
  45. Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
  46. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells.
  47. A wave, or billow; especially, a succession of large waves; the roll of the sea after a storm; as, a heavy swell sets into the harbor.
  48. A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign.
  49. A showy, dashing person; a dandy.
  50. Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood.
  51. Pertaining to swells; dandified.
  52. Swelled, swollen.