1. very good
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
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
3. expand abnormally
- The bellies of the starving children are swelling
4. come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
- Smoke swelled from it
5. come up, as of a liquid
Similar word(s): well
6. cause to become swollen
- The water swells the wood
Sentences with swell as a verb:
- Rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring.
- The organ music swelled.
- to be swelled with pride or haughtiness
- swelling words; a swelling style
- A cask swells in the middle.