• He swells visibly
    He swells visibly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swelling the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)
    • n swelling something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge","the hump of a camel","he stood on the rocky prominence","the occipital protuberance was well developed","the bony excrescence between its horns"
    • n swelling an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to take hay baths to remedy the swelling he used to get in his legs
    • Swelling (Med) A protuberance; a prominence "The superficies of such plates are not even, but have many cavities and swellings ."
    • Swelling The act of that which swells; as, the swelling of rivers in spring; the swelling of the breast with pride. "Rise to the swelling of the voiceless sea."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks are capable of going at least 6 weeks without eating; the record observed in an aquarium is 15 months by a species of shark known as the swell sharks)
    • n swelling A tumor, or any morbid enlargement: as, a swelling on the hand or leg.
    • n swelling A protuberance; a prominence.
    • n swelling A rising or inflation, as by passion or other powerful emotion: as, the swellings of anger, grief, or pride.
    • n swelling The state of being puffed up; arrogance; pride.
    • n swelling An overflow; an inundation.
    • swelling Grand; pompous; inflated; bombastic: as, swelling words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lemon juice can aid in reducing the swelling caused by insect bites
    • adj Swelling (B.) inflated, proud, haughty
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  • George Macdonald
    “Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.”
  • Horace
    “My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be: am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince.”
  • Hubbell
    “Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swellan; Ger. schwellen.


In literature:

Beyond it swelled a long moorside; in front slipped the still stream.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Course, it's a bunch of swell lookers all around, or they wouldn't be havin' the S.R.O.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Then the grass at your door grows into the color of the sprouting grain, and the buds upon the lilacs swell and burst.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
You would not believe it possible for feet to swell like yours have swelled.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
The ship gave a long shudder, staggered back, stern foremost, to the trough of the swell, and lay weltering cataracts from her decks.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
An anus is present near the posterior end of the dorsal swelling.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
It is locally employed as a remedy for sprains, weak or stiff joints, old swellings, etc.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
To Blackheath they came, the multitude swelling as it marched.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She was a swell girl, but he was grateful that he didn't have to talk to her just now.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
From distant aisles it swells, and seems to come from heaven.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds

In poetry:

In the land of Tsu
At Naniwa the reed
Buds swell-while I gaze from afar-
Most abundantly-full of love-
Does she even know?
"In the land of Tsu" by Ki no Tsurayuki
The moon and swelling waves agree,
Their Maker's power display;
They glorify the living God,
And serve him night and day.
"A Hymn" by Susannah Hawkins
Ah! who the anguish'd grief can paint,
Which did my bosom swell?
E'en eloquence itself would faint,
To tell the story well.
"On Viewing A Grave Of A Beloved Infant" by Elizabeth Beverley
What though your mighty guilt beyond
The wide creation swell,
And has its cursed foundations laid
Low as the deeps of hell:
"Hymn 85" by Isaac Watts
The wind without is weeping.
Of the churchyard it tells,
Where the daisies are creeping
And the mute earth mournful swells.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
And they say, you're loved by many,
Loved too often, loved too well,
Just as if there could be any
Over loving in thy swell.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Shoppers Swell Weekend Exodus to Berlin.
Pre-K 4 SA coffer swells closing in on election.
A hiker takes in the view in Bell Canyon in the San Rafael Swell.
Do you suffer from constant feet or arm swelling.
And the weak economy swelled the rolls to record numbers.
Anglers are welcoming the switch to a northwest wind which should knock the swell down and, hopefully, activate inshore game fish as the waters clear.
En The Sea Saw Swell Already Gone Students of Decay 6:25 AM.
We couldn't compete with the swell of creative force fueling the Stumptown 40 adult Pinewood Derby.
Market Swells for Pre-Owned Spas.
Painful, progressive swelling that is hot to the touch.
Redness and Swelling and Pain (oh, my).
The West Coast taps into back-to-back winter swells more.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora did not practice due to swelling in his knee.
Abrupt onset of generalized or localized severe pain and swelling, often rapidly increasing.
MILAN (AP) — Italian public debt has swelled to its highest level ever, reaching €2.014 trillion ($2.64 trillion) in October.

In science:

Macroscale thermodynamics and the chemical potential of swelling porous media.
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
Theory of one-dimensional swelling dynamics of polymer gels under mechanical constraint.
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
The simulation of the swelling and deswelling dynamics of gels.
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
In the latter case, the excess charge Q may lead to a swelling of the chains.
Protein folding and heteropolymers
F (r(s, t)) = − ∂V ∂ r(s,t) is the driving force for the swelling or collapse of the chain.
Protein folding and heteropolymers