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Overview of noun swelling

The noun swelling has 3 senses

  • swelling, puffiness, lump -- (an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement)

  • bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence -- (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")

  • intumescence, intumescency, swelling -- (the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water))

Overview of verb swell

The verb swell has 6 senses

  • swell -- (increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo")

  • swell, puff up -- (become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son")

  • swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce -- (expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling")

  • well up, swell -- (come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things); "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it")

  • well, swell -- (come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up")

  • swell -- (cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood")