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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sweal \Sweal\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Swealed; p. pr. & vb. n. Swealing.] [OE. swelen to burn, AS. swelan; akin to G. schwelen to burn slowly, schw["u]l sultry, Icel. svaela a thick smoke.] To melt and run down, as the tallow of a candle; to waste away without feeding the flame. [Written also swale.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]