AskDefine | Define swollen

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swell adj : very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, smashing]


1 the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea [syn: crestless wave]
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 [syn: dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, fashion plate, clotheshorse]


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" [syn: puff up]
3 expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling" [syn: swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce]
4 as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things; "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it" [syn: well up]
5 come up; "Tears well in her eyes" [syn: well]
6 cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood" [also: swollen]swollen adj
1 abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas; "hungry children with bloated stomachs"; "he had a grossly distended stomach"; "eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids"; "swollen hands"; "tumescent tissue"; "puffy tumid flesh" [syn: bloated, distended, puffed, puffy, tumescent, tumid, turgid]
2 abnormally expanded or increased in size; (`swollen' is sometimes used in combination); "distended wineskins"; "the need to clean out swollen inventories"; "the raisins were plump and soft and swollen from being soaked"; "huge blood-swollen mosquitoes" [syn: distended]
3 characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes" [syn: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen-headed, vain]
4 overfull with water; "swollen rivers and creeks" [syn: flooding, in flood(p), overflowing]swollen See swell

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