[syn: swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Intumesce \In`tu*mesce"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Intumesced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Intumescing.] [L. intumescere; pref. in- in +
tumescere to swell up, incho. fr. tumere to swell. See
To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to
swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the
In a higher heat, it intumesces, and melts into a
yellowish black mass. --Kirwan.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating;
also used metaphorically; "Gases bubbled up from the
earth"; "Marx's ideas have bubbled up in many places in
Latin America" [syn: bubble up, intumesce]
2: expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are
swelling" [syn: swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy,