Definitions for: Intumesce

[v] expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
[v] move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically; "Gases bubbled up from the earth"; "Marx's ideas have bubbled up in many places in Latin America"

Webster (1913) Definition: In`tu*mesce", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Intumesced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Intumescing.] [L. intumescere; pref. in- in +
tumescere to swell up, incho. fr. tumere to swell. See
To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to
swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the

In a higher heat, it intumesces, and melts into a
yellowish black mass. --Kirwan.

Synonyms: bubble up, swell, swell up, tumefy

See Also: belly, belly out, blister, bloat, blow up, come up, distend, expand, puff, puff out, puff up, rise, rise up, surface, vesicate

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