swollen early 14c., pp. of SWELL (Cf. swell) (v.); from O.E. geswollen, pp. of swellan.

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  • Swollen — Swoll en, p. p. of {Swell}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swollen — index full, fustian, inflated (enlarged), orotund, pretentious (pompous), proud (conceited) …   Law dictionary

  • swollen — [adj] enlarged bloated, bulgy, distended, distent, inflamed, inflated, puffed, puffy, tumescent, tumid; concept 485 Ant. compressed, contracted, shrunken …   New thesaurus

  • swollen — [swōl′ən] vi., vt. alt. pp. of SWELL adj. increased in volume or size, as from inner pressure; blown up; distended; bulging …   English World dictionary

  • swollen — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem ▪ become, get ▪ Her legs got swollen from standing up all day. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • swollen — swol|len1 [ˈswəulən US ˈswou ] the past participle of ↑swell 1 swollen 2 swollen2 adj 1.) a part of your body that is swollen is bigger than usual, especially because you are ill or injured ▪ swollen glands ▪ a badly swollen ankle ▪ His eyes were …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swollen — swol|len1 [ swoulən ] adjective * 1. ) an area of your body that is swollen has increased in size as a result of an injury or illness: Their eyes were red and swollen from the smoke. a swollen hand/knee/foot 2. ) a swollen river or stream… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swollen — 1 the past participle of swell 1 2 adjective 1 a part of your body that is swollen is bigger than usual because of illness or injury: He bandaged his swollen ankle. 2 a river that is swollen has more water in it than usual 3 have a swollen… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • swollen — [[t]swo͟ʊl(ə)n[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a part of your body is swollen, it is larger and rounder than normal, usually as a result of injury or illness. My eyes were so swollen I could hardly see. 2) ADJ GRADED A swollen river has more water in it… …   English dictionary

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