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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?
References in classic literature ?
In a minute half the boats were out and bobbing in the cockly swells, but Troop kept the "We're Heres" at work dressing-down.
Swell Advantage, a marine technology startup focused on building new tools and services for recreational boaters, is excited to announce the launch of its first product, the Swell Advantage iOS mobile app.
Morningside Recovery holds closed Swell Life surfing camps for drug and alcohol rehab clients who are in the earlier stages of their addiction recovery program.
developed biomodal polyethylenes with a controlled swell using two slurry loop reactors connected to each other.
An effective stripper swells the polymer network to the extent that most of the molecules encountered in the walls of a fissure are solvent molecules, so the normal conditions of capillary rise are not met.
Two characteristics of swellable rubber need to be considered in sealing applications: The swellable rubber needs time to swell: and, the mechanical properties of swellable robber decrease with increasing swell ratio.
When this happens, the tendons swell up in the sheathes that surround them and cause achy pains, chronic swelling and weakness that cannot be corrected by exercise.
To exploit this force for folding, Lee and his colleagues combined two hydrogel layers: one that swells a great deal and one that doesn't swell.
That's because as the distant swell moves toward the coast, it will eventually turn into big surfing waves.
We have been studying the phenomenon of thickness swell in wood-based composites as part of our overall research program to address composite product manufacture and performance (Xu and Winistorfer 1995a, 1995b; Wang and Winistorfer 2000a, 2001).
MINNEAPOLIS-Target Stores, planting yet another designer feather in its cap, unveiled Swell, an exclusive line of home products from fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and former New York Times editor Ilene Rosenzweig, inspired by their book of the same name.
The red rock wonderland of Utah's San Rafael Swell is remote, with no facilities and dusty roads.
He added: "My hands used to swell easier because I had injured them previously.
Epic Industries, New Brunswick, NJ, introduced two new products: Swell-X glass cleaner and Swell antiseptic hand soap.