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Definition 1: a crescendo followed by a decrescendo - [noun denoting attribute]

(swell is a kind of ...) (music) a gradual increase in loudness

Definition 2: the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

(... is a kind of swell ) a broad and deep undulation of the ocean

Definition 3: a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor) - [noun denoting object]

(swell is a kind of ...) a raised or elevated geological formation

Definition 4: a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

"there were two women and six men on the bus"

(... is a kind of swell ) a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments

(... is a kind of swell ) a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms

"Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni"

(... is an instance of swell) English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)

Definition 5: expand abnormally - [verb of change]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bellies of the starving children are swelling

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) become larger in size or volume or quantity

"his business expanded rapidly"

(... is a kind of swell ) swell from or as if from internal pressure

"The distended bellies of the starving cows"

(... is a kind of swell ) swell out or bulge out

(... is a kind of swell ) to swell or cause to enlarge

"Her faced puffed up from the drugs" "puffed out chests"

(... is a kind of swell ) become bloated or swollen or puff up

"The dead man's stomach was bloated"

(... is a kind of swell ) get blistered

"Her feet blistered during the long hike"

Definition 6: cause to become swollen - [verb of change]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water swells the wood

(swell is a kind of ...) cause to grow or develop

"He grows vegetables in his backyard"

(... is a kind of swell ) cause to bulge or swell outwards

(... is a kind of swell ) cause to become very swollen

(... is a kind of swell ) make bloated or swollen

"Hunger bloated the child's belly"

(swell causes ...) expand abnormally

"The bellies of the starving children are swelling"

Definition 7: increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity - [verb of change]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The music swelled to a crescendo

(swell is a kind of ...) become bigger or greater in amount

"The amount of work increased"

Definition 8: come up, as of a liquid - [verb of motion]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tears well in her eyes
  • the currents well up

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) come to the surface

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

Definition 10: come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things) - [verb of stative]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Strong emotions welled up
  • Smoke swelled from it

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is a kind of ...) come into existence; take on form or shape

"A new religious movement originated in that country" "a love that sprang up from friendship" "the idea for the book grew out of a short story" "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

Definition 11: very good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where swell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he did a bully job
  • a neat sports car
  • had a great time at the party
  • you look simply smashing
  • we had a grand old time

Synonyms for swell in the sense of this definition

(swell is similar to ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

(swell is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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