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swell out

to bulge outward; to expand outward. The sides of the box swelled out because it was too full. The west wall of the garage swelled out just before the building collapsed.
See also: out, swell

swell up

to enlarge; to inflate; to bulge out. I struck my thumb with a hammer and it swelled up something awful.
See also: swell, up

swell with something

1. Lit. to expand from a particular cause. My knee joints swelled with arthritis, His nose swelled after it was struck by the door.
2. Fig. to seem to swell with a feeling such as pride. His chest swelled with pride at the thought of his good performance. Ted swelled with pride at the announcement.
See also: swell

*swelled head

Fig. a state of being conceited. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) John got a swelled head after he won the prize. Don't get a swelled head from all this success.
See also: head, swell

swelled head, have a

Be conceited, as in Winning all those prizes has not given her a swelled head, at least not yet. This idiom began as be swellheaded, first recorded in 1817. The present form dates from about 1860. For a synonym see big head.
See also: have, swell

swell up

1. To become swollen: I put ice on my injured ankle so that it wouldn't swell up.
2. To become filled, as with pride, arrogance, or anger: The new parents swelled up with pride.
3. To rise or surge from an inner source: After I was fired unjustly, rage swelled up within me.
See also: swell, up


mod. fine; excellent. (Also sarcastic use.) Where did you get that swell hat?
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The reason is that the dissolving ability of [BMIM]CI was weakened by the addition of 2-5% water content, then cellulose could be swelled but not dissolved in this aqueous [BMIM]CI solution.
According to the above results, the swelling range was 2-5% water content in aqueous [BMIM]CI solution, in which cellulose could be obviously swelled but not dissolved.
The swelling capability of the hydrogel is defined as the volume ratio of the volume of swelled hydrogel (V) to the volume of dried superabsorbent composite ([V.
The profile of the swelled extrudate agreed with the numerical predictions.
However, the tendency of this change is reversed at a high We because the fluid squeezed inward in the converging region is swelled outward owing to the elastic recovery.
In the downstream region from here, the extrudate diameter decreases slightly and the extrudate fluids reach the fully swelled region.
Figures 6 through 8 show the outer diameter, thickness, and area swell values in the fully swelled region as a function of We and [Kappa], respectively.
As the polymer microparticles swelled against the load, the height on the measuring dial was taken at various time increments until there was little height change over 5 min.