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Meaning of DILATION

Pronunciation:  dI'leyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of expanding an aperture; "the dilation of the pupil of the eye"
  2. [n]  a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic

DILATION is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dilatation
 See Also: discourse, discussion, enlargement, expansion, mydriasis, treatment, vasodilation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Di*la"tion\, n. [L. dilatio. See {Dilatory}.]
    Delay. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.
  2. \Di*la"tion\, n. [From dilate, v., cf. {Dilatation},
    The act of dilating, or the state of being dilated;
    expansion; dilatation. --Mrs. Browning.
          At first her eye with slow dilation rolled. --Tennyson.
          A gigantic dilation of the hateful figure. --Dickens.
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