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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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