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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.
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*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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In our study, out of 1,82,587 OPD patients who attended the surgical and ENT from 2011-2016, 104 swellings were of thyroid origin with an incidence of 0.
Samples were obtained mainly from the area of Campo Alegre, because this zone is perhaps the most affected in the city as a consequence of landslides and swelling behavior of clays.
To the best of our knowledge, fast swelling superabsorbent composites that were synthesized using partially neutralized acrylic acid, acrylamide (AM), 2-acryloylamino-2-methyl-lpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS), and oxidized starch phosphate have seldom been reported.
Physical examination showed bilateral parotid and submandibular swelling and a marked swelling with tenderness in the left testis.
The initial placement moisture content and density are important parameters in affecting the swelling behavior of swelling clays (El-Shobby and Rabba, 1981; Yevnin and Zaslavsky, 1970).
Conclusion: Needles of smaller gauge (22 gauge) give a better yield in swellings of thyroid, lymph nodes and salivary gland while in swellings of breast and soft tissue sample adequacy is better with larger gauge needle (21 gauge).
Swelling of the packers' elastomer and blocking of the formation fluids migration channels occur under the influence of the formation fluids (water or crude oil).
All these efforts have led researchers to better understand for controlling the stimuli responsiveness of hydrogel systems and also to predict their equilibrium swelling phenomena under different conditions.
Tolfenamic acid gel was applied externally on the swelling, thrice a day for five days.
Seed mass, seed volume, swelling capacity and hydration capacity were important quality attributes that were mutually correlated.
SPECIAL CASE If a casualty has been stung in the mouth, there is a risk that swelling of tissues in the mouth and/or throat may occur, causing the airway to become blocked.
It is interesting to observe swelling characteristics as presented in Figure 3.
Keywords Stripping, Swelling, Solvent, Internal stress, Flory--Huggins, Griffith, Adhesion, Fracture strength
1 : to enlarge in an abnormal way usually by pressure from within or by growth <Her sprained ankle is swelling up.