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 swell swell

noun

  • () the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea  ( crestless wave, swell )
    the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
  • () a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)  ( swell )
    a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
  • () a crescendo followed by a decrescendo  ( swell )
    a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
  • a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance  ( beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, sheik, swell, gallant )
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
  • adj

  • () very good  ( bang-up, corking, cracking, dandy, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, old, peachy, slap-up, smashing, bully, swell, great )
    very good
     he did a bully job
    he did a bully job
     a neat sports car
    a neat sports car
     had a great time at the party
    had a great time at the party
     you look simply smashing
    you look simply smashing
     we had a grand old time
    we had a grand old time
  • verb

  • () increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity  ( swell )
    increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
     The music swelled to a crescendo
    The music swelled to a crescendo
  • () expand abnormally  ( intumesce, swell up, tumefy, tumesce, swell )
    expand abnormally
     The bellies of the starving children are swelling
    The bellies of the starving children are swelling
  • () become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger  ( puff up, swell )
    become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
     The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son
    The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son
  • () come up, as of a liquid  ( swell, well )
    come up, as of a liquid
     Tears well in her eyes
    Tears well in her eyes
     the currents well up
    the currents well up
  • () come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)  ( swell, well up )
    come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
     Strong emotions welled up
    Strong emotions welled up
     Smoke swelled from it
    Smoke swelled from it
  • cause to become swollen  ( swell )
    cause to become swollen
     The water swells the wood
    The water swells the wood