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swelling definition


This page has 5 definitions of swelling in English and Middle English. Swelling is a noun and verb. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English swelling definition



swelling (countable and uncountable, plural swellings)

  1. The state of being swollen.
    • a1420, The British Museum Additional MS, 12,056, “Wounds complicated by the Dislocation of a Bone”, in Robert von Fleischhacker, editor, Lanfranc's "Science of cirurgie."[1], London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co, translation of original by Lanfranc of Milan, published 1894, →ISBN, page 63:
      Ne take noon hede to brynge togidere þe parties of þe boon þat is to-broken or dislocate, til viij. daies ben goon in þe wyntir, & v. in þe somer; for þanne it schal make quytture, and be sikir from swellynge; & þanne brynge togidere þe brynkis eiþer þe disiuncture after þe techynge þat schal be seid in þe chapitle of algebra.
  2. Anything swollen, especially any abnormally swollen part of the body.
  3. (figurative) A rising, as of passion or anger.

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  1. present participle and gerund of swell

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Middle English swelling definition



  1. Alternative form of swellynge