swell, crestless wave(noun)
the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorse(adj)
a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(verb)
"he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
"The music swelled to a crescendo"
swell, puff up(verb)
become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
"The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce(verb)
"The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
well up, swell(verb)
come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
"Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"
come up, as of a liquid
"Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"
cause to become swollen
"The water swells the wood"
A long series of ocean waves, generally produced by wind, and lasting after the wind has ceased.
A gradual crescendo followed by diminuendo.
A device for controlling the volume of a pipe organ.
A division in a pipe organ, usually the largest enclosed division.
A hillock or similar raised area of terrain.
A person who is dressed in a fancy or elegant manner.
A person of high social standing; an important person.
To become bigger, especially due to being engorged.
To cause to become bigger.
Origin: From swellen, from swellan, from swellanan, of unknown origin. Cognate with zwellen, schwellen, svälla.
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
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
to rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves
to be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride
to be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell
to be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style
to protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle
to be elated; to rise arrogantly
to grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand
to become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount
to act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big
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
to aggravate; to heighten
to raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness
to augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note
the act of swelling
increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance
increase in height; elevation; rise
increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound
increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force
a gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells
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
a gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign
a showy, dashing person; a dandy
having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood
Origin: [AS. swellan; akin to D. zwellen, OS. & OHG. swellan, G. schwellen, Icel. svella, Sw. svlla.]
Swell is an indie rock band formed in San Francisco in 1989 when David Freel and Sean Kirkpatrick decided to record an album.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
swel, v.i. 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 more violent: to grow louder, as a note.—v.t. to increase the size of: to aggravate: to increase the sound of: to raise to arrogance: to augment the sound of:—pa.p. swelled or swollen (swōln).—n. act of swelling: a bulge or protuberance: increase in size: an increase and a succeeding decrease in the volume of a tone: a gradual rise of ground: a wave or billow or succession of them in one direction, as after a storm: a distinct set of pipes in an organ, enclosed in a case furnished with movable shutters which being more or less opened by means of a pedal, produce a swell of sound: (geol.) an upward protrusion of strata from whose central region the beds dip quaquaversally at a low angle: a strutting foppish fellow, a dandy.—adj. fashionable.—n. Swell′dom, the fashionable world generally.—adj. Swell′ing (B.), inflated, proud, haughty.—n. protuberance: a tumour: a rising, as of passion: (B.) inflation by pride.—adj. Swell′ish, foppish, dandified.—ns. Swell′-mob, well-dressed pickpockets collectively; Swell′-mobs′man, a well-dressed pickpocket. [A.S. swellan; Ger. schwellen.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Ocean waves that have traveled out of their fetch. Swell characteristically exhibits a more regular and longer period and has flatter crests than waves within their fetch.
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Etymology and Origins
Slang for one of the upper classes, no doubt suggested by the phrase: “The bloated aristocracy.” Also applied to an overdressed person puffed out with the idea of his own importance.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'swell' in Verbs Frequency: #1088
The numerical value of swell in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of swell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of swell in a Sentence
There is definitely a New Year's swell.
The way( Lebanon's) swell comes is really random.
The (measures) won't roll, tax evasion will swell.
He started vomiting, his eyes were starting to swell and he couldn't speak properly.
I miss going outside in the sun. Now the sun makes my eye swell, and I always feel like something is in front of my eye.
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- rebotir, inflar-se, unflar-se, excel·lentCatalan, Valencian
- opuchnout, otéct, zduřet, napuchnout, naběhnout, otéciCzech
- svulme, erigere, dønningDanish
- Schwell, schwellen, Dünung, klasseGerman
- ρεστία, αποθαλασσίαGreek
- hincharse, mar de fondo, inflarse, excelenteSpanish
- maininki, turvota, paisua, turvottaa, erinomainen, mahtavaFinnish
- svølla upp, túsna upp, bólgna, svølpast, hovna, trútna, gerast hovin og trútin, týsna uppFaroese
- houle, enfler, gonfler, sensass, chouetteFrench
- sèidScottish Gaelic
- inflarse, incharseGalician
- dagad, duzzadHungarian
- ուռչել, ուռելArmenian
- mare di fondo, mareggiare, ingrossarsi, far gonfiare, rigonfiamento, flutti, onda lunga, gonfiarsiItalian
- 膨れる, 隆起する, 腫れる, うねり, 起伏, 素晴らしいJapanese
- 부풀다, 붓다, 팽창하다, 부어오르다Korean
- tumor, intumēscō, tumeō, adaestuōLatin
- tūkt, bangasLatvian
- huene, āmai, tōuwha, amotai, whakaahu, tārawa, tai whakarākau, huaroaMāori
- svulme, svelleNorwegian
- opzwellen, aanzwellen, deining, zwellen, mieters, geweldigDutch
- svelle, svulmeNorwegian Nynorsk
- falowanie, puchnąć, powiększać, pęczniećPolish
- inchar, swell, excelente, ótimoPortuguese
- val, valuri, se umfla, minunat, super, senzaționalRomanian
- раздува́ться, набуха́ть, увели́чиваться, отличный, превосходный, зыбьRussian
- dyning, svälla, svallSwedish
- kivimbe, vimba, furaSwahili
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