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 for Organ swell
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swell \Swell\, n.
     1. The act of swelling.
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     2. Gradual increase. Specifically:
        (a) Increase or augmentation in bulk; protuberance.
        (b) Increase in height; elevation; rise.
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                  Little River affords navigation during a swell
                  to within three miles of the Miami. --Jefferson.
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        (c) Increase of force, intensity, or volume of sound.
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                  Music arose with its voluptuous swell. --Byron.
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        (d) Increase of power in style, or of rhetorical force.
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                  The swell and subsidence of his periods.
                                                    --Landor.
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     3. A gradual ascent, or rounded elevation, of land; as, an
        extensive plain abounding with little swells.
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     4. A wave, or billow; especially, a succession of large
        waves; the roll of the sea after a storm; as, a heavy
        swell sets into the harbor.
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              The swell
              Of the long waves that roll in yonder bay.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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              The gigantic swells and billows of the snow.
                                                    --Hawthorne.
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     5. (Mus.) A gradual increase and decrease of the volume of
        sound; the crescendo and diminuendo combined; -- generally
        indicated by the sign.
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     6. A showy, dashing person; a dandy. [Slang]
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     Ground swell. See under Ground.
  
     Organ swell (Mus.), a certain number of pipes inclosed in a
        box, the uncovering of which by means of a pedal produces
        increased sound.
  
     Swell+shark+(Zool.),+a+small+shark+({Scyllium+ventricosum">Swell shark (Zool.), a small shark ({Scyllium ventricosum)
        of the west coast of North America, which takes in air
        when caught, and swells up like a swellfish.
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