swell  

  • Definition of swell

    • (n): a crescendo followed by a decrescendo  
    • (n): the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea  
    • (n): a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)  
    • (n): a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance  
    • (v): expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"  
    • (v): cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"  
    • (v): increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"  
    • (v): come up; "Tears well in her eyes"  
    • (v): become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"  
    • (v): as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it"  
    • (s): very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"  

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