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Word: swell

Definition: long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.


Sentences Containing 'swell'

The prisoner walked to and fro in his cell, counting its measurement, and the roar of the city arose like muffled drums with a wild swell of voices added to them.
And gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy,``There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of course familiar with:`Keep your breath to cool your porridge'; and I shall keep mine to swell my song.''
Light and heat differ as much as the short, choppy waves of the ocean and the slow, long swell of the ocean, but not more so.
The long, slow swell of the ocean would correspond with the longer, slower waves which travel out from the sun, and which on reaching us are interpreted as heat.
There is no estimating the pride I took in this grandeur, or the affection that began to swell and grow in me for those people.
Dod dern my skin, I'LL learn you to swell yourself up and blow around here about your dod derned ORDERS!
I saw there none of the swell airs and graces, and ostentatious displays of money, and pompous squanderings of it, which used to distinguish the steamboat crowd from the dry land crowd in the bygone days, in the thronged billiard rooms of St. Louis.
Five years ago, lodged in an attic; live in a swell house now, with a mansard roof, and all the modern inconveniences.'
There is a kind of swell medieval bulliness and tinsel about it that pleases his gaudy barbaric soul.
And how these complacent baldheads WOULD swell, and brag, and lie, and date back ten, fifteen, twenty years, and how they did enjoy the effect produced upon the marveling and envying youngsters!
The boy asked for a paper, which was thrown to him, and the couple pushed their tiny craft out into the swell of the boat.
The patron turned towards his vessel, which was rolling on the swell in the little harbor, and, with sails partly set, would be ready for sea when her toilet should be completed.
As the door opened, the sound of a guzla reached the ears of the young men, but was almost immediately lost, for the rapid closing of the door merely allowed one rich swell of harmony to enter.
Then the iron hearted man felt his heart swell in his breast; a flame seemed to rush from his throat to his eyes, he bent his head and wept.
Upon this place the Knight of the Rueful Countenance fixed his choice for the performance of his penance, and as he beheld it exclaimed in a loud voice as though he were out of his senses: "This is the place, oh, ye heavens, that I select and choose for bewailing the misfortune in which ye yourselves have plunged me: this is the spot where the overflowings of mine eyes shall swell the waters of yon little brook, and my deep and endless sighs shall stir unceasingly the leaves of these mountain trees, in testimony and token of the pain my persecuted heart is suffering.
Of plebeian lineages I have nothing to say, save that they merely serve to swell the number of those that live, without any eminence to entitle them to any fame or praise beyond this.
He sat up in bed and remained listening intently to try if he could make out what could be the cause of so great an uproar; not only, however, was he unable to discover what it was, but as countless drums and trumpets now helped to swell the din of the bells and shouts, he was more puzzled than ever, and filled with fear and terror; and getting up he put on a pair of slippers because of the dampness of the floor, and without throwing a dressing gown or anything of the kind over him he rushed out of the door of his room, just in time to see approaching along a corridor a band of more than twenty persons with lighted torches and naked swords in their hands, all shouting out, "To arms, to arms, senor governor, to arms!
I had reached that stage of sleepiness when Peggotty seemed to swell and grow immensely large.
Running in among them to swell the ranks, I was very near the chaise when it rolled away; and I had a lively impression made upon me, in the midst of the noise and dust, of having seen Mr. Jack Maldon rattle past with an agitated face, and something cherry-coloured in his hand.
He seemed to swell and grow before my eyes; the room seemed full of the echoes of his voice; and the strange feeling (to which, perhaps, no one is quite a stranger) that all this had occurred before, at some indefinite time, and that I knew what he was going to say next, took possession of me.
The king's duds was all black, and he did look real swell and starchy.
Then they raked it into the bag again, and I see the king begin to swell himself up for another speech.
Only a slight oily swell rose and fell like a gentle breathing, and showed that the eternal sea was still moving and living.
Mrs. Markleham, by this time recovering the power of speech, and seeming to swell with family pride and motherly indignation, here exclaimed, 'Annie, get up immediately, and don't disgrace everybody belonging to you by humbling yourself like that, unless you wish to see me go out of my mind on the spot!'
His deep chest heaved as with a ground-swell; his tossed arms seemed the warring elements at work; and the thunders that rolled away from off his swarthy brow, and the light leaping from his eye, made all his simple hearers look on him with a quick fear that was strange to them.
The envious billows sidelong swell to whelm my track; let them; but first I pass.
That instant, as he fell on the whale's slippery back, the boat righted, and was dashed aside by the swell, while Radney was tossed over into the sea, on the other flank of the whale.
Well, well, my dear comrade and twin-brother, thought I, as I drew in and then slacked off the rope to every swell of the sea--what matters it, after all?
Nevertheless, he stuck to their wake, though indeed their back water must have retarded him, because the white-bone or swell at his broad muzzle was a dashed one, like the swell formed when two hostile currents meet.
An instant more, and all four boats were diagonically in the whale's immediate wake, while stretching from them, on both sides, was the foaming swell that he made.
First, the whales forming the margin of our lake began to crowd a little, and tumble against each other, as if lifted by half spent billows from afar; then the lake itself began faintly to heave and swell; the submarine bridal-chambers and nurseries vanished; in more and more contracting orbits the whales in the more central circles began to swim in thickening clusters.
One often hears of writers that rise and swell with their subject, though it may seem but an ordinary one.
On each soft side--coincident with the parted swell, that but once leaving him, then flowed so wide away--on each bright side, the whale shed off enticings.

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