- a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
- increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
"The music swelled to a crescendo"
- The toothache made his face swell up.
- "One swell foop" is a Spoonerism, "the flaw in the ointment" is a Farberism.
- In addition to a thick fog, there was a heavy swell.
- 1 g of the sample in 50 ml of water swells to form a smooth, stiff, opalescent mucilage; insoluble in ethanol and does not swell in 60 % (w/v) aqueous ethanol
- Weigh out to the nearest mg approximately 5 g of the sample (2,5 in the case of products which have a tendency to swell) and place in a crucible for ashing which has first been heated at 550 oC, cooled down and tared.