Definition of "swell" []

  • To increase in size or volume as a result of internal pressure; expand. (verb-intransitive)
  • To increase in force, size, number, or degree: Membership in the club swelled. (verb-intransitive)
  • To grow in loudness or intensity: "The din in front swelled to a tremendous chorus” ( Stephen Crane). (verb-intransitive)
  • To bulge out, as a sail. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rise or extend above the surrounding level, as clouds. (verb-intransitive)
  • To grow or cause to grow in size, esp as a result of internal pressure (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To expand or cause to expand at a particular point or above the surrounding level; protrude (verb)
  • To grow or cause to grow in size, amount, intensity, or degree (verb)
  • To puff or be puffed up with pride or another emotion (verb)
  • (of seas or lakes) to rise in waves (verb)
  • To well up or overflow (verb)
  • To make (a musical phrase) increase gradually in volume and then diminish (verb)
  • The undulating movement of the surface of the open sea (noun)
  • A succession of waves or a single large wave (noun)
  • A swelling or being swollen; expansion (noun)
  • An increase in quantity or degree; inflation (noun)
  • A bulge; protuberance (noun)
  • A gentle hill (noun)
  • A person who is very fashionably dressed (noun)
  • A man of high social or political standing (noun)
  • A crescendo followed by an immediate diminuendo (noun)
  • A set of pipes on an organ housed in a box (swell box) fitted with a shutter operated by a pedal, which can be opened or closed to control the volume (noun)
  • The manual on an organ controlling this (noun)
  • Stylish or grand (adjective)
  • Excellent; first-class (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "swell" in a sentence
  • "* I have decided that "swell" is the word for February."
  • "From the head of the lawn, on the first soft swell from the valley-level, looked down the deep-porched, many-windowed house."
  • "To let his brain swell and keep the blood flowing, thereby preventing the damage from worsening, doctors removed virtually the entire left side of his skull, a procedure known as a craniectomy."