Swell - v. i. 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.
Swell - v. i. 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.
Swell - v. i. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as,
in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
Swell - v. i. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
Swell - v. i. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
Swell - v. i. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling
words; a swelling style.
Swell - v. i. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the
Swell - v. i. To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
Swell - v. i. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand.
Swell - v. i. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added,
swell to a great amount.
Swell - v. i. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to
strut; to look big.
Swell - v. t. 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.
Swell - v. t. To aggravate; to heighten.
Swell - v. t. To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be
swelled with pride or haughtiness.
Swell - v. t. To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound
of a note.
Swell - n. The act of swelling.
Swell - n. Gradual increase.
Swell - n. Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
Swell - n. Increase in height; elevation; rise.
Swell - n. Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
Swell - n. Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
Swell - n. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an
extensive plain abounding with little swells.
Swell - n. 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
Swell - n. A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the
crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign.
Swell - n. A showy, dashing person; a dandy.
Swell - a. Having the characteristics of a person of rank and
importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a