What does expand mean?

Definitions for expand
ɪkˈspændex·pand

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word expand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expand, spread outverb

    extend in one or more directions

    "The dough expands"

  2. expandverb

    become larger in size or volume or quantity

    "his business expanded rapidly"

  3. expandverb

    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

    "expand the house by adding another wing"

  4. boom, thrive, flourish, expandverb

    grow vigorously

    "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"

  5. inflate, blow up, expand, amplifyverb

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

  6. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilateverb

    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

    "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

  7. extend, expandverb

    expand the influence of

    "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

Wiktionary

  1. expandverb

    To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one.

    You can expand this compact umbrella to cover a large table.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  2. expandverb

    To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  3. expandverb

    To express (something) at length and/or in detail.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  4. expandverb

    To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    Use the binomial theorem to expand uE000107934uE001 to uE000107935uE001

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  5. expandverb

    To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  6. expandverb

    To (be) increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  7. expandverb

    To speak or write at length or in detail.

    He's so pedantic, he expands on everything!

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  8. expandverb

    To feel generous or optimistic.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

  9. expandverb

    To be rewritten as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.

    The expression uE000107936uE001 expands to uE000107937uE001.

    Etymology: Recorded in since 1422, from espaundre, from expandere present active infinitive of expando, itself from ex- + pando.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expandverb

    to lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  2. Expandverb

    to cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; -- opposed to contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  3. Expandverb

    to state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

  4. Expandverb

    to become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy

    Etymology: [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf. Spawn.]

Freebase

  1. Expand

    expand is a program that converts tab characters into groups of space characters. It is available in Unix operating systems and many Unix-like operating systems. For example: Here the echo command prints a string of text that includes a tab character, then the output is directed into the expand command. The resulting output is then displayed in hexadecimal and as characters by the xxd dump command. At the second prompt, the same echo output is sent directly to the xxd command. As can be seen by comparing the two, the expand program converts the tab into spaces.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expand

    eks-pand′, v.t. to spread out: to lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface: to develop, or bring out in fuller detail.—v.i. to become opened: to enlarge.—ns. Expanse′, a wide extent of space: the firmament; Expansibil′ity.—adj. Expans′ible, capable of being expanded.—adv. Expans′ibly.—adj. Expans′ile, capable of expansion.—n. Expan′sion, act of expanding: state of being expanded: enlargement: that which is expanded: immensity: extension.—adj. Expans′ive, widely extended: diffusive.—adv. Expans′ively.—ns. Expans′iveness; Expansiv′ity. [L. expandĕreex, out, pandĕre, pansum, to spread.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'expand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4651

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    Rank popularity for the word 'expand' in Verbs Frequency: #459

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expand in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of expand in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Mehta:

    Stretch your body in yoga and your mind stretches its imagination to its infinite potential too. Deep breathe, expand your lungs and expand your awareness to the edges of this universe too, harness your life forces & get them internalized, be the master of this universe with yoga and get MickeyMized.

  2. Hassan Rouhani:

    We are very much interested to expand our ties with Iraq, particularly our transport cooperation, we have important projects that will be discussed during this visit.

  3. Ray Mabus:

    The same arguments are used every time we expand who can serve, it affects unit cohesion, it is too costly, it is too disruptive. That was the argument used against integrating the armed forces in the 1940s. Those same arguments were used against recruiting large numbers of women in the'80s. The same arguments were used during the repeal of' don't ask, don't tell'.

  4. Ian Millar:

    The bond formed between horse and rider is an amazing thing to experience, but the partnership has to be built the right way, with compassion, understanding, and care, over the past few years, I have found myself more and more drawn toward working with young horses and riders, and I am excited to expand my coaching to share my knowledge and passion with the next generation.

  5. Kodak CEO Jim Continenza:

    We're in this business, just not in a large way, and this is a chance for us to expand.

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Translations for expand

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  • разширявам се, разширявам, излагам подробно, развивам, увеличавам сеBulgarian
  • expandierenGerman
  • ampliarSpanish
  • sieventää, laventaa, tarkentaa, laajentaa, täsmentää, laajentuaFinnish
  • élaborer, agrandirFrench
  • פיתחHebrew
  • tautorotoroMāori
  • factoriseren, openzetten, elaboreren, opentrekken, uitwerken, uitplooien, ontbinden in factoren, uitdijen, uitbreiden, zich uitbreiden, vermeerderen, toenemen, uitzetten, vergrotenDutch
  • utvide, vokse, ekspandere, faktorisere, bli større, utdype, greie ut (om)Norwegian
  • factoriza, mări, crește, expandaRomanian
  • растягиваться, расширяться, растягивать, раскрываться, расширять, делаться откровеннее, раскрывать скобки, становиться общительнееRussian
  • faktorisera, utveckla, vidga, växa, utvidga, expandera, utbreda, öppnaSwedish
  • விரிவாக்குTamil
  • విస్తరించండిTelugu
  • розширюватисяUkrainian
  • 擴大Chinese

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