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SWELL (swollen)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swell mean? 

SWELL (noun)
  The noun SWELL has 4 senses:

1. the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea
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

  Familiarity information: SWELL used as a noun is uncommon.


SWELL (adjective)
  The adjective SWELL has 1 sense:

1. very good

  Familiarity information: SWELL used as an adjective is very rare.


SWELL (verb)
  The verb SWELL has 6 senses:

1. increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
2. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
3. expand abnormally
4. come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
5. come up, as of a liquid
6. cause to become swollen

  Familiarity information: SWELL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWELL (noun)


Sense 1swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The undulating movement of the surface of the open sea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

crestless wave; swell

Hypernyms ("swell" is a kind of...):

moving ridge; wave (one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swell"):

ground swell; heavy swell (a broad and deep undulation of the ocean)


Sense 2swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("swell" is a kind of...):

elevation; natural elevation (a raised or elevated geological formation)


Sense 3swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crescendo followed by a decrescendo

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("swell" is a kind of...):

crescendo ((music) a gradual increase in loudness)


Sense 4swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fashion plate; dandy; gallant; fop; clotheshorse; sheik; dude; beau; swell

Hypernyms ("swell" is a kind of...):

adult male; man (an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swell"):

cockscomb; coxcomb (a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments)

macaroni (a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms)

Instance hyponyms:

Beau Brummell; Brummell; George Bryan Brummell (English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840))


SWELL (adjective)


Sense 1swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very good

Synonyms:

nifty; not bad; peachy; slap-up; smashing; groovy; swell; dandy; cracking; corking; bully; bang-up; keen; great; neat

Context examples:

he did a bully job / a neat sports car / had a great time at the party / you look simply smashing

Similar:

good (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


SWELL (verb)


Sense 1swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The music swelled to a crescendo

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

increase (become bigger or greater in amount)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

swell; puff up

Context example:

The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

act; behave; do (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expand abnormally

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

tumesce; swell up; tumefy; intumesce; swell

Context example:

The bellies of the starving children are swelling

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

expand (become larger in size or volume or quantity)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "swell"):

blister; vesicate (get blistered)

bloat (become bloated or swollen or puff up)

blow up; puff; puff out; puff up (to swell or cause to enlarge,)

belly; belly out (swell out or bulge out)

distend (swell from or as if from internal pressure)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

Did his feet swell?


Sense 4swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

well up; swell

Context examples:

Strong emotions welled up / Smoke swelled from it

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

arise; develop; grow; originate; rise; spring up; uprise (come into existence; take on form or shape)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 5swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come up, as of a liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

well; swell

Context examples:

Tears well in her eyes / the currents well up

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

come up; rise; rise up; surface (come to the surface)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 6swell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to become swollen

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The water swells the wood

Hypernyms (to "swell" is one way to...):

grow (cause to grow or develop)

Cause:

intumesce; swell; swell up; tumefy; tumesce (expand abnormally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "swell"):

bulge; bulk (cause to bulge or swell outwards)

tumefy (cause to become very swollen)

bloat (make bloated or swollen)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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