Translation of swell in Spanish:


hincharse, v.

Pronunciation /swɛl/

intransitive verb swollen, swelled

  • 1

    • 1.1(grow in size)

      (wood/face/ankles) hincharse
      (river/stream) crecer
      (river/stream) subir
      her face began to swell se le empezó a hinchar la cara
      • his knee had swollen (up) to twice its size la rodilla se le había hinchado al doble de su tamaño normal
      • their bellies were swollen with hunger tenían los vientres hinchados por el hambre
      • the sails swelled (out) in the wind las velas se hinchaban al viento
      • The village, its population swollen by refugees, had been thought safe by many local people.
      • The ranks of female players swelled by a similar amount to 132, up from 116 earlier in the decade.
      • Hundreds of thousands of refugees have swelled Monrovia's population to well over a million, scrabbling where they can for shelter and running short of food, water and medical supplies.
      • Singapore's population was swollen by refugees, and two-fifths of the city's water had come in pipes from the mainland.
      • The cash raised has swelled the amount to almost £39,000 realised over the nine years the competition has been played.
      • Recent events have swelled both their ranks and the volume with which they proclaim their beliefs.
      • With very few exceptions, however, Cabernet Sauvignon was left to command California's highest wine prices, Merlot to swell sales volumes.
      • Police in East Yorkshire are looking to swell their crime fighting ranks as they take part in a national drive to recruit special constables this weekend.
      • Every match requires an army of helpers to get the game on - and the Knights are looking for new volunteers to swell the ranks.
      • Some 35,000 additional soldiers would swell the army's ranks.
      • As more and more policemen and women swell the ranks of the Metro police, we have seen a steady improvement in law and by-law enforcement within the City.
      • These bring an influx of travelling cod in to swell the ranks of any resident cod, plus the big fast tides will displace more food for the cod to eat and stir up some coloured water which cod feed best in.
      • Like the Irish, Scots disproportionately volunteered to swell the ranks of the British army, but there were important differences.
      • During most of the 18th century the forced enlistment of vagrants was also used to swell the ranks of the army.
      • If they aggressively cuts jobs, that would swell the ranks of the retirees with those fantastic benefits.
      • American exchanges have cheered the proposal, which will swell their ranks and pocketbooks.
      • The bill will climb even faster as seniors' ranks swell with aging baby boomers.
      • Worse, it can cause call-center volumes to swell with callers looking not for products or services, but for technical support.
      • Rash, itching, body swelling, breathing difficulties, possible localised red itchy mouth and throat, and even collapse.
      • Your back aches to high heaven, your smell has turned a different kind of sour, you are hungry and the welts on your body are swelling as your pores open up again.
      • So much was going on that his eyes flashed images and his body swelled with sweat, and he didn't care about what it was, but just about when he would see it.
      • As my body swelled, I thought I would die, but death did not come, so I continued to hunt and gather food.
      • The only thing I managed to get out of the whole experience was a painful foot which is presently swelling up quite nicely, and a bruise on my bottom.
      • They said this anti-inflammatory, called adiponectin, prevents arteries swelling up and becoming blocked.
      • Histamine is one of the body's signals that causes rashes, swelling, leakage of fluid from cells, and itching.
      • I'm tired of my legs swelling up after a day sitting behind the desk, and I'm tired of clothes feeling too tight.
      • The symptoms vary and have included airways swelling up and attacks to both his liver and immune systems.
      • Doctors say Hindley, 57, is suffering from a cerebral aneurysm caused by an artery swelling up at the base of the brain.
      • Some experience ankle or leg swelling because the excessive fluid from the blood cells accumulates there.
      • She was suffering from frequent headaches, her eye was watering and swelling up.
      • First he went down with malaria, but later on due to lack of food his legs started swelling up.
      • On returning home to write up my research, I fell victim to a throat infection which caused one of the glands in my throat to swell to massive size.
      • But trainer Todd Hutcheson says that may not be sufficient to prevent the knee from swelling up again when Gwynn resumes baseball activity.
      • The lentils will swell with cooking so maybe add some more water if its looking a little dry.
      • They'll swell with moisture and send out roots faster in the soil than ones planted dry.
      • The liver, spleen and lymph glands can swell with leukemia cells.
      • He has kwashiorkor, which has left his limbs bloated and his belly swollen.
      • In children, the abdomen can become swollen and bloated and medical attention should be sought urgently.

    • 1.2(with emotion)

      swollen with pride henchido de orgullo
      • she was swelling with rage estaba que estallaba de rabia

  • 2

    (population/crowd) crecer
    (population/crowd) aumentar
    order books are beginning to swell again los pedidos están aumentando otra vez
    • the applause swelled to a crescendo los aplausos se fueron haciendo cada vez más fuertes

transitive verb swollen, swelled

  • 1

    (increase in size)
    (body/joint/features) hinchar
    (sails) hinchar
    (river) hacer crecer
    (river) hacer subir
  • 2

    (increase in number, volume)
    (population/total/funds) aumentar
    to swell the ranks of the unemployed engrosar las filas del desempleo


  • 1

    • 1.1(of sea)

      oleaje masculine
      a heavy swell un fuerte oleaje
      • As the yacht surged and rolled over the swell, every movement was magnified enormously at the top of the mast.
      • With airspeed picked up, the lumbering giant quit moving with the movement of the heavy swells and leaving one crest we ploughed into the next.
      • We watched swells break on the point and come around into the anchorage with curling graybeard tops.
      • And since such vessels are not usually subjected to heavy swells and waves, the container stacks need not even be stowed in a secure cellular structure.
      • The outer wall is now completed and offers good protection from northerly swells to those yachts anchored inside or even off the entrance.
      • The pier barely damps the roll from the westerly swells that can march down Santa Barbara Channel on even the calmest days, and a southeasterly turns the anchorage into a vicious lee shore.
      • During a major swell, surfable waves might break beyond the ends of the rocks.
      • There was a heavy swell and they were caught by the tide. The small engine on the boat made little impact, and they drifted.
      • Annual competitions are held at this left break, where the north and south swells can stir up waves of ten feet and higher.
      • Wherever possible, he writes with a seaman's lingo of seaways, gunwales, swells and whitecaps.
      • An actual ocean wave is a superposition of various wind waves and swells.
      • You don't smell the salt air of the ocean, feel the swell of the waves under your boat or the slipperiness of a freshly caught fish.
      • The swell of the wave he caught was the biggest push of water I've ever seen ridden.
      • Facing dangerous swells and harrowing rocks, Freeman maneuvered the Coast Guard vessel close enough to the disabled freighter to successfully help rescue all the crew.
      • The swells rolling onto the outer reef were bigger than hoped for, so we headed to a site inside the fringing reef, called Lion's Den.
      • This is an open bay with plenty of wind (Cabo de Vela means Cape Sail) but you are out of the swell in a good comfortable anchorage.
      • Taylor said earlier that the rescuers had first reached the sinking yacht near Kei Mouth late yesterday afternoon, but by 8.45 pm had lost contact in heavy swells and fading light.
      • The long swell that was breaking on the beach is barely noticeable.
      • But the Marshall islanders take little interest in those factors - what count instead are the shapes and orientations of the ocean swells that break around islands.
      • Half way across, with surging swells and rolling seas, the bar was soon emptied and the deck railings were full of people bent over delivering their well-spent money into the ocean.

    • 1.2(surge, movement)

      oleada feminine
      a swell of indignation/interest una oleada de indignación/interés
      • Sure, profits shrank, but that was more than offset by huge swells in sales volumes as new customers were drawn in.
      • The majority of town councillors continue to express support for the project and this is extremely important at a stage when there is a huge swell of community support.
      • I am not convinced that there is ‘a huge swell of community support’ for the Riverbank project.
      • There in no need to be anxious about a swell in the amount of bacteria either.
      • While there are indications the formula may be changing, Eastman sees its patient loads increasing as the population swells while its funding fails to keep up.
      • The huge swell in attendance for the events has led organiser Carmel Flahavan to appeal to parents to book early for the final month of the year.
      • If a huge swell of people come to him next election and say ‘we want you to run for mayor,’ he's human, so he may.
      • They are also the ones who are gaining the most ground, as most recently evidenced by the swell of support for the late politician.
      • He looked at her, dwarfed by the immense bed, and suddenly felt a huge swell of protectiveness overcome him.
      • ‘There has been a huge swell of goodwill for Tom in recent days,’ says Cllr.
      • Mr Smith said that, ironically, it was his book that created the swell of support that actually resulted in the Judge examining cases.
      • I don't think there was ever a broad swell of support for his campaign.
      • The polls indicate a swell of support for them in those outer suburban and regional electorates which went so solidly to Howard in the last election.
      • Japan anticipates a huge swell of senior citizens in coming years.
      • Gawain Little, a 23-year-old teacher, believes there is still a steady swell of support.
      • He outlined the great swell of public support for a memorial as a fitting tribute to the contribution of the sisters.
      • The latest action follows a swell of support for the campaign from residents who are fed up with their address being classed as Sutton.
      • Against that, there is a big swell of support for Forsyth among the rank-and-file professionals on the Tour.
      • Rather, the opinions on both sides were mindful of the potential swell of cases that could be brought by African-American motorists.
      • New employment opportunities lead to a swell of great economic growth within the city.

    • 1.3(protuberance, curve)

      the low swell of the Welsh hills la suave ondulación de las colinas galesas
      • the firm swell of her breasts/belly la turgencia de sus senos/su vientre
      • Her gown cuts down so low behind her he can slip his hand beneath the silken material to cradle the soft swell of her buttocks.
      • The hill's lower slopes swell gradually to a gently rounded summit plateau, a bare, wind-scoured place that is haunted by the melancholic cry of the golden plover.
      • He could make out the swell of her left breast, harbouring a half moon crescent of dancing light as she did so.
      • Blown under the porch roof by the wind, snowflakes alight on Beth Durand's curly brown hair, and on the pale rounded swell of her cheeks.
      • The sharp inward curve of the bow gives the back a lightbulb shape, and the extreme swell on the bamboo-turned legs quickly tapers to very narrow feet.
      • From here, looking back across the choppy river, there is the best view of Greenwich, with the twin halves of the Royal Naval College, and the green swell of Greenwich Park behind.

  • 2

    (symbol) regulador masculine
    (device on organ) regulador del registro de sonido masculine
    • Most effective is the contrast created when Slean's piano-tinkling waltz-time verses bloom into symphonic swells of strings and timpani on the pop-smart choruses.
    • Traditionally, a musical climax is reached through the emotionally loaded swell of dynamics or harmonic resolution.
    • Staring with ‘Rolls and Waves of Ignorance’, Herren produces a song based on a series of orchestral swells, a smooth saxophone, and a gently plucked bass.
    • If the film-makers had toned down the swells of music, upped the humanity, and found a clear direction, it might have been a powerful film.
    • Unwilling to merely deal the same strum-along hand, Pottsy turns his back to beat out tribal timpani to the swells of feedback and reverse guitar.
    • A lowly mixed stuttering guitar eeks out two short notes, only to be overtaken by an orchestral swell of repetitive notes.
    • Planted between chromatic saxophone swells, honeydew tongues of piano and eddying synth pulses, the childish coo of Caroline Lufkin discloses a fey, unabashed sentimentalism that is hard to dislike.
    • Synth swells and distorted electric guitar combined with punchy kick drums frame a sumptuous female vocal loop to create one of THE tunes of the year so far.
    • And yet, in the final moments, we get a happy family reunion and a swell of music that suggests everything will turn out fine.
    • Every big chorus kicks off with a raucous singalong or choir-like swells, and hearing everybody in the studio bellow together may be the best part of the album.
    • Things pick up with a more pronounced drumbeat, the repetition of hi-hat, bass swells.
  • 3informal, dated

    (well-dressed person)
    dandy masculine


  • 1US informal

    (fine, excellent)
    fenomenal informal
    bárbaro informal
    sensacional informal
    so you can come? swell! ¿así que puedes venir? ¡bárbaro / fantástico! informal
    • I spent the weekend with Gene and Kindy in their swell new apartment.
    • This is a swell sound bite that ignores the reality that someone must pay for the ads, phone banks, direct mail and Web sites.
    • David is a swell multi-talented guy and it was a pleasure to finally meet him.
    • Additionally, there's a swell new gallery of exploitation magazine covers, accompanied by a different set of radio rarities.
    • Throwbacks to a swell fashion trend of yesteryear, they spice up any pair of shoes, from ballet flats to mules or slinky stilettos.
  • 2informal, dated

    elegantón informal