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Meaning & Definition of Swelling in English

English

Swelling

/swɛlɪŋ/

noun

1. An abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

    synonym:
  • swelling
  • ,
  • puffiness
  • ,
  • lump

2. Something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

  • "The gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"
  • "The hump of a camel"
  • "He stood on the rocky prominence"
  • "The occipital protuberance was well developed"
  • "The bony excrescence between its horns"
    synonym:
  • bulge
  • ,
  • bump
  • ,
  • hump
  • ,
  • swelling
  • ,
  • gibbosity
  • ,
  • gibbousness
  • ,
  • jut
  • ,
  • prominence
  • ,
  • protuberance
  • ,
  • protrusion
  • ,
  • extrusion
  • ,
  • excrescence

3. The increase in volume of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)

    synonym:
  • intumescence
  • ,
  • intumescency
  • ,
  • swelling