1. The act of that which swells; as, the swelling of rivers in spring; the swelling of the breast with pride. "Rise to the swelling of the voiceless sea." (Coleridge)

2. <medicine> A protuberance; a prominence; especially, an unnatural prominence or protuberance; as, a scrofulous swelling. "The superficies of such plates are not even, but have many cavities and swellings." (Sir I. Newton)

(01 Mar 1998)

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