AskDefine | Define swell

Dictionary Definition

swell adj : very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, smashing]

Noun

1 the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea [syn: 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, fashion plate, clotheshorse]

Verb

1 increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"
2 become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son" [syn: puff up]
3 expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling" [syn: swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce]
4 as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it" [syn: well up]
5 come up; "Tears well in her eyes" [syn: well]
6 cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood" [also: swollen]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /swεl/, /swEl/
    Rhymes: -ɛl

Adjective

i nonstandard en-adj er

Translations

excellent

Noun

  1. A long series of ocean waves, generally produced by wind, and lasting after the wind has ceased.
  2. A gradual crescendo followed by diminuendo.
  3. A device for controlling the volume of a pipe organ.
  4. A division in a pipe organ, usually the largest enclosed division.

Translations

series of waves
music: crescendo followed by diminuendo
music: device in pipe organ

Verb

  1. To become bigger, especially due to being engorged.

Translations

intransitive: to become bigger, especially due to being engorged

Anagrams

Extensive Definition

Swell could refer to:
swell in German: Swell

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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