Word of the day – tumescent

tumescent (adj.) swelling; exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming

“One morning he found himself in Preservation Hall – which was, despite its name, little more than a shack, hotter than the mouth of hell – listening to a jazz sextet playing ‘St. Louis Blues’ and realized he’d been up for almost forty-eight hours straight. The air of the room was as tumescent as a greenhouse; everyone was dancing and shuffling and clapping along, a crowd of people of all ages and colors.”
from The Passage by Justin Cronin
image via Cheddar Bay

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