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swell

2 noun
     
Related topics: Music, Water
swell2
1 [singular]TTW the way the sea moves up and down:
The sea wasn't rough, but there was a heavy swell (=large movements of the water).
2 [singular] a situation in which something increases in number or amount
swell of
the growing swell of anti-government feeling
a swell of pride
3 [singular]CAPM an increase in sound level, especially in music [= crescendo]
4 [singular] the roundness or curved shape of something:
the firm swell of her breasts
5 [countable] old-fashioned a fashionable or important person

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