distend

  • 1 Distend — 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. {Detent}.] 1. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Distend — Dis*tend , v. i. To become expanded or inflated; to swell. His heart distends with pride. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 distend — index compound, enlarge, expand, extend (enlarge), inflate, overextend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 4 distend — (v.) c.1400, from L. distendere to swell or stretch out, extend, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Related: Distended; distending …

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  • 5 distend — swell, dilate, *expand, inflate, amplify Analogous words: enlarge, *increase, augment: *extend, lengthen Antonyms: constrict Contrasted words: *contract, shrink, compress, condense, deflate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 distend — [v] bulge, swell amplify, augment, balloon, bloat, dilate, distort, enlarge, expand, increase, inflate, lengthen, puff, stretch, widen; concepts 157,469,780 Ant. cave in, contract, deflate, fall, shrink …

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  • 7 distend — ► VERB ▪ swell because of internal pressure. DERIVATIVES distended adjective distensibility noun distensible adjective distension noun. ORIGIN Latin distendere, from tendere to stretch …

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  • 8 distend — [di stend′] vt., vi. [ME distenden < L distendere < dis , apart + tendere, to stretch: see TEND2] 1. to stretch out 2. to expand; make or become swollen SYN. EXPAND …

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  • 9 distend — UK [dɪˈstend] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms distend : present tense I/you/we/they distend he/she/it distends present participle distending past tense distended past participle distended to swell, or to make something swell …

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  • 10 distend — verb a) To extend or expand, as from internal pressure; to swell These impure and frail matters are conteined within the angust concave of the Lunar Orb, above which with uninterrupted Series the things Celestial distend themselves. b) …

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  • 11 distend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin distendere, from dis + tendere to stretch more at thin Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. extend 2. to enlarge from internal pressure ; …

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  • 12 distend — distender, n. /di stend /, v.t., v.i. 1. to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach. 2. to spread in all directions; expand; swell: The sea distended about them. [1375 1425; late ME ( <… …

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  • 13 distend — dis·tend dis tend vt to enlarge or stretch out (as from internal pressure) <distended veins> vi to become expanded * * * dis·tend (dis tendґ) to expand outward owing to pressure from within; cf. dilate …

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  • 14 distend — Synonyms and related words: add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, bag, balloon, belly, belly out, bilge, billow, bloat, blow up, bouge, broaden, bug, build, build up, bulge, bulk, bulk out, crescendo, develop, dilate, enlarge, expand, extend,… …

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  • 15 distend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. stretch, expand, dilate, inflate, swell. See expansion. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. enlarge, widen, inflate, expand; see increase 1 , stretch 1 , 2 , swell . See Synonym Study at expand …

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  • 16 distend — dis|tend [dıˈstend] v [I and T] formal to swell or make something swell because of pressure from inside >distended adj ▪ a distended stomach >distension [ ˈtenʃən] n [U] technical …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 distend — see TEND …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 distend — [[t]dɪ̱ste̱nd[/t]] distends, distending, distended V ERG If a part of your body is distended, or if it distends, it becomes swollen and unnaturally large. [MEDICAL or, FORMAL] [be V ed] Through this incision, the abdominal cavity is distended… …

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  • 19 distend — dis·tend || dɪ stend v. swell, expand, stretch …

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  • 20 distend — [dɪ stɛnd] verb swell or cause to swell because of pressure from inside. Derivatives distended adjective distensibility noun distensible adjective distension noun Origin ME: from L. distendere, from dis apa …

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