distend
[ dih-stend ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English from Latin distendere, from dis- "apart" + tendere "to stretch"
Synonyms
    1.
  • bloat balloon puff
    2.
  • expand widen increase
Antonyms
    1.
  • compress condense deflate
    2.
  • shrink decrease reduce
Definition
1. to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic
2. to spread in all directions; expand; swell
Examples
1. A) The balloon began to distend as it filled with water. B) The bellows just wouldn't distend, which suggested a puncture somewhere.
2. A) The spill continued to distend, dying the floor an ugly purple. B) The problem didn't become apparent until the mess started to distend throughout the house.
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