AskDefine | Define swelling

Dictionary Definition

swelling adj : becoming puffy as from internal bleeding or accumulation of other fluids; "put ice on the swelling ankle"


1 abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement [syn: puffiness, lump]
2 the swelling of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water) [syn: intumescence, intumescency]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the state of being swollen
  2. anything swollen, especially any abnormally swollen part of the body


See also


  1. present participle of swell

Extensive Definition

Swelling can mean: wikt swell
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  • In engineering:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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