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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 swell /ˈswɛl/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 swell /ˈswɛl/ 不及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Swell, v. t.
 1. To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase; as, rains and dissolving snow swell the rivers in spring; immigration swells the population.
    [The Church] swells her high, heart-cheering tone.   --Keble.
 2. To aggravate; to heighten.
    It is low ebb with his accuser when such peccadilloes are put to swell the charge.   --Atterbury.
 3. To raise to arrogance; to puff up; to inflate; as, to be swelled with pride or haughtiness.
 4. Mus. To augment gradually in force or loudness, as the sound of a note.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Swell v. i. [imp. Swelled p. p. Swelled or Swollen p. pr. & vb. n. Swelling.]
 1. To grow larger; to dilate or extend the exterior surface or dimensions, by matter added within, or by expansion of the inclosed substance; as, the legs swell in dropsy; a bruised part swells; a bladder swells by inflation.
 2. To increase in size or extent by any addition; to increase in volume or force; as, a river swells, and overflows its banks; sounds swell or diminish.
 3. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves.
 4. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride.
    You swell at the tartan, as the bull is said to do at scarlet.   --Sir W. Scott.
 5. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell.
 6. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style.
 7. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle.
 8. To be elated; to rise arrogantly.
    Your equal mind yet swells not into state.   --Dryden.
 9. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand. “Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”
 10. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount.
 11. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.
    Here he comes, swelling like a turkey cock.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Swell, n.
 1. The act of swelling.
 2. Gradual increase. Specifically: (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance. (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise.
    Little River affords navigation during a swell to within three miles of the Miami.   --Jefferson.
 (c) Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
    Music arose with its voluptuous swell.   --Byron.
 (d) Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
    The swell and subsidence of his periods.   --Landor.
 3. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an extensive plain abounding with little swells.
 4. A wave, or billow; especially, a succession of large waves; the roll of the sea after a storm; as, a heavy swell sets into the harbor.
 The swell
 Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay.   --Tennyson.
    The gigantic swells and billows of the snow.   --Hawthorne.
 5. Mus. A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally indicated by the sign.
 6. A showy, dashing person; a dandy. [Slang]
 Ground swell. See under Ground.
 Organ swell Mus., a certain number of pipes inclosed in a box, the uncovering of which by means of a pedal produces increased sound.
 Swell shark Zool., a small shark (Scyllium ventricosum) of the west coast of North America, which takes in air when caught, and swells up like a swellfish.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Swell, a. Having the characteristics of a person of rank and importance; showy; dandified; distinguished; as, a swell person; a swell neighborhood. [Slang]
 Swell mob. See under Mob. [Slang]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]
      n 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]
      v 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]