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Meaning of DISTEND

Pronunciation:  di'stend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"
  2. [v]  become wider; "His pupils were dilated"

DISTEND is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dilate
 See Also: intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, widen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distended}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Distending}.] [L. distendere, distentum, distensum;
    dis- + tendere to stretch, stretch out: cf. F. distendre to
    distend, d['e]tendre to unbend. See {Tend}, and cf.
    1. To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to
       stretch. [R.]
             But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven
             Distended as the brow of God appeased? --Milton.
    2. To stretch out or extend in all directions; to dilate; to
       enlarge, as by elasticity of parts; to inflate so as to
       produce tension; to cause to swell; as, to distend a
       bladder, the stomach, etc.
             The warmth distends the chinks.       --Dryden.
    Syn: To dilate; expand; enlarge; swell; inflate.
  2. \Dis*tend"\, v. i.
    To become expanded or inflated; to swell. ``His heart
    distends with pride.'' --Milton.
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