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Dictionary definition for: Swell

1. (n) the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea

2. (v) increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"

3. (s) very good; "he did a bully job" "a neat sports car" "had a great time at the party" "you look simply smashing"

4. (n) a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)

5. (v) become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"

6. (n) a crescendo followed by a decrescendo

7. (v) expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"

8. (n) a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

9. (v) as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up" "Smoke swelled from it"

10. (v) come up; "Tears well in her eyes"

11. (v) cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"

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