Search Result for "swell":
1. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea;
[syn: swell, crestless wave]
2. a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor);
3. a crescendo followed by a decrescendo;
4. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance;
[syn: dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorse]
1. increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity;
- Example: "The music swelled to a crescendo"
2. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger;
- Example: "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
[syn: swell, puff up]
3. expand abnormally;
- Example: "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
[syn: swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce]
4. come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things);
- Example: "Strong emotions welled up"
- Example: "Smoke swelled from it"
[syn: well up, swell]
5. come up, as of a liquid;
- Example: "Tears well in her eyes"
- Example: "the currents well up"
[syn: well, swell]
6. cause to become swollen;
- Example: "The water swells the wood"
1. very good;
- Example: "he did a bully job"
- Example: "a neat sports car"
- Example: "had a great time at the party"
- Example: "you look simply smashing"
[syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swell \Swell\, v. i. [imp. Swelled; p. p. Swelled or Swollen; p. pr. & vb. n. Swelling.] [AS. swellan; akin to D. zwellen, OS. & OHG. swellan, G. schwellen, Icel. svella, Sw. sv[aum]lla.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] 3. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves. [1913 Webster] 4. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride. [1913 Webster] You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do at scarlet. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 5. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell. [1913 Webster] 6. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style. [1913 Webster] 7. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle. [1913 Webster] 8. To be elated; to rise arrogantly. [1913 Webster] Your equal mind yet swells not into state. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 9. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand. "Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!" --Shak. [1913 Webster] 10. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount. [1913 Webster] 11. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big. [1913 Webster] Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swell \Swell\, n. 1. The act of swelling. [1913 Webster] 2. Gradual increase. Specifically: (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance. (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise. [1913 Webster] Little River affords navigation during a swell to within three miles of the Miami. --Jefferson. [1913 Webster] (c) Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound. [1913 Webster] Music arose with its voluptuous swell. --Byron. [1913 Webster] (d) Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force. [1913 Webster] The swell and subsidence of his periods. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 3. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells. [1913 Webster] 4. 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 harbor. [1913 Webster] The swell Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The gigantic swells and billows of the snow. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mus.) A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign. [1913 Webster] 6. A showy, dashing person; a dandy. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Ground swell. See under Ground. Organ swell (Mus.), a certain number of pipes inclosed in a box, the uncovering of which by means of a pedal produces increased sound. Swell shark (Zool.), a small shark (Scyllium ventricosum) of the west coast of North America, which takes in air when caught, and swells up like a swellfish. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swell \Swell\, v. t. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] [The Church] swells her high, heart-cheering tone. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 2. To aggravate; to heighten. [1913 Webster] It is low ebb with his accuser when such peccadilloes are put to swell the charge. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 3. To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mus.) To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Swell \Swell\, a. Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Swell mob. See under Mob. [Slang] [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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