What does expansive mean?

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ɪkˈspæn sɪvex·pan·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expansiveadjective

    able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion

    "Expansive materials"; "the expansive force of fire"

  2. expansive, grand, heroicadjective

    of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope

    "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner"; "collecting on a grand scale"; "heroic undertakings"

  3. expansiveadjective

    marked by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur

  4. expansive, talkativeadjective

    friendly and open and willing to talk

    "wine made the guest expansive"


  1. Expansiveadjective

    of much expanse; wide-extending; as, an expansive view of the mountains.

  2. Expansiveadjective

    causing expansion; as, the expansive force of heat.


  1. expansiveadjective

    Able to be expanded.

  2. expansiveadjective

    Comprehensive in scope or extent.

    An expansive research work.

  3. expansiveadjective

    Talkative and sociable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expansiveadjective

    Having the power to spread into a wider surface, or greater space.

    Etymology: from expand.

    The elastick or expansive faculty of the air, whereby it dilates itself when compressed, hath been made use of in the common weather-glasses. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Then no more
    Th’ expansive atmosphere is cramp’d with cold. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expansiveadjective

    having a capacity or tendency to expand or dilate; diffusive; of much expanse; wide-extending; as, the expansive force of heat; the expansive quality of air

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. expansif.]


  1. Expansive

    In mathematics, the notion of expansivity formalizes the notion of points moving away from one another under the action of an iterated function. The idea of expansivity is fairly rigid, as the definition of positive expansivity, below, as well as the Schwarz-Ahlfors-Pick theorem demonstrate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expansive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expansive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of expansive in a Sentence

  1. Greg Carbin:

    It's quite an expansive area.

  2. Michael Hasenstab:

    Brazil is in the depths of one of the worst crises arguably since the 1980s. The difference is that we can see a path out, it is clear that the administration's legitimacy of pro cyclical and overly expansive monetary and fiscal policy are over. A change is inevitable.

  3. The Economy Ministry:

    Industrial orders all in all showed less momentum in the first half of the year, the business climate in industry reacted very moderately to the Brexit vote in the UK and remains slightly expansive.

  4. Advocacy Counsel Manar Waheed:

    They have so many federal crimes they can charge with. They have expansive powers to conduct investigation long before a crime is committed, so why aren't they using those powers to address white supremacist violence ?

  5. William Gortney:

    We have to look at this in a more expansive manner. But if we have the investments that we've asked for, we'll be able to outpace that technology.

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