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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dilate, distendverb

    become wider

    "His pupils were dilated"

  2. distendverb

    cause to expand as it by internal pressure

    "The gas distended the animal's body"

  3. distendverb

    swell from or as if from internal pressure

    "The distended bellies of the starving cows"


  1. distendverb

    To extend or expand, as from internal pressure; to swell

  2. distendverb

    To extend; to stretch out; to spread out.

  3. distendverb

    To cause to swell.

  4. distendverb

    To cause gravidity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distendverb

    to extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch

  2. Distendverb

    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

  3. Distendverb

    to become expanded or inflated; to swell

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distend

    dis-tend′, v.t. to stretch in all directions: to swell.—v.i. to swell.—n. Distensibil′ity, capacity for distension.—adjs. Disten′sible, that may be stretched; Disten′sive, capable of stretching or of being stretched; Distent′ (Spens.), distended.—ns. Disten′tion, Disten′sion, act of distending or stretching: state of being stretched: (rare) breadth. [Fr.,—L. distendĕredis, asunder, tendĕre, tensum or tentum, to stretch.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distend in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of distend in a Sentence

  1. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio:

    De temps en temps il s'arrête de mâcher son chewing-gum, il entrouve ses lèvres et il souffle une bulle. La bulle verte se gonfle, se distend, puis elle explose avec un bruit sec. On appelle ça un bubble-gum.

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. ectomorphic
    • B. unsealed
    • C. proprietary
    • D. ravening

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