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English noun: swelling

1. swelling (state) an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

Synonymslump, puffiness

Broader (hypernym)enlargement, symptom

Narrower (hyponym)bloat, bunion, dropsy, edema, haematocele, haematocoele, hematocele, hematocoele, hydrops, intumescence, intumescency, iridoncus, lymphogranuloma, oedema, oscheocele, oscheocoele, spermatocele, tumidity, tumidness

2. swelling (shape) something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance

Broader (hypernym)projection

Narrower (hyponym)belly, caput, frontal eminence, mogul, nub, nubble, occipital protuberance, snag, wart

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

Synonymsintumescence, intumescency

Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process

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