Thereafter, the 1960s swelled with political zeal and social unrest.
It reminded him of the man who had a poor old lean, bony, spavined horse, with swelled legs.
Unable to establish access to a vein, officials offered Broom coffee and a cigarette while his arms bruised and swelled.
Within two days, their ranks have swelled past 100, including four Nobel laureates.
The crowd of journalists that had swelled to its largest number.
But as we waited the silence grew and swelled until the brain ceased to believe the senses and the image of reality was gone.
Some called him Tom Sawyer the Traveler, and that just swelled him up fit to bust.
Occasionally he relaxed his vigilance, when he swelled apace.
The sixteen States over which Washington presided had swelled to eighteen.
On July 8th, the Sabbath after the storm, it is estimated that the number was swelled to five thousand.
Old English swellan "grow or make bigger" (past tense sweall, past participle swollen), from Proto-Germanic *swelnanan (cf. Old Saxon swellan, Old Norse svella, Old Frisian swella, Middle Dutch swellen, Dutch zwellen, Old High German swellan, German schwellen), of unknown origin.
early 13c., "a morbid swelling," from swell (v.). In reference to a rise of the sea, it is attested from c.1600. The meaning "wealthy, elegant person" is first recorded 1786; hence the adjectival meaning "fashionably dressed or equipped" (1810), both from the notion of "puffed-up, pompous" behavior. The sense of "good, excellent" first occurs 1897, and as a stand-alone expression of satisfaction it is recorded from 1930 in American English.
Excellent; wonderful; superb: The hotels are swell/ He was a hell of a swell fellow (1888+)
: The new owners have treated me swell (1920s+)
[perhaps fr the late 18th-century phrase cut a swell, ''swagger,'' describing the behavior of a person who swells with arrogance]