Definition of swelling

1. An abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement.
2. 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.
3. The increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water).
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The undulations of the swell propagated up to the steps, while all the heads floundered on the surface, like a sea suddenly stirred up by a squall.
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The more he thought about it, the more his poor little heart swelled, such that, little by little, he became silent.
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The sledge slipped over the surface of the plains as lightly as a boat over the surface of water less the swell.
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"Only swell people go to the park."
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She has fallen from a bike and her right arm is swollen. She also has a very strong headache.
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The beech-woods in the distance seemed to swell and grow thicker with every second. The skies were high--and a clear blue.
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We could feel the swell of tribesmen pulling back as we moved forward.
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who could growl away in the bass like a good one, and never swell the large veins in his forehead, or get red in the face over it.
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and draw their swollen feet from their leather prisons, and wipe off the sweat; but upon trying to renew their march, they found it impossible to rise. Their bodies seemed made of stone. Fatigue had brought them to a condition
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And she has a swell coach.
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