Dictionary Results for swelling


1. swelling - noun

· an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

Synonym(s): puffiness, lump

Hypernym(s): enlargement, symptom




2. swelling - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): bulge, bump, hump, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence

Hypernym(s): projection




3. swelling - noun

· the increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)

Synonym(s): intumescence, intumescency

Hypernym(s): chemical_process, chemical_change, chemical_action




4. swell - verb

· increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo"

Hypernym(s): increase




5. swell - verb

· become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"

Synonym(s): puff_up

Hypernym(s): act, behave, do




6. swell - verb

· expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"

Synonym(s): swell_up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce

Hypernym(s): expand




7. swell - verb

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

Synonym(s): well_up

Hypernym(s): originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring_up, grow




8. swell - verb

· come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up"

Synonym(s): well

Hypernym(s): surface, come_up, rise_up, rise




9. swell - verb

· cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood"

Hypernym(s): grow





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