swell - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/swel/
singularswell
pluralswells
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] [usually singular] the movement of the waves in the sea

    a heavy swell (=large rough waves)

  2. 2
    [singular] an increase in something such as a sound or a feeling

    a swell of protest/support

  3. 3
    [singular] mainly literary the round shape of something

    the swell of her belly