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dilatant

[dih-leyt-nt, dahy-] /dɪˈleɪt nt, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
dilating; expanding.
2.
Physical Chemistry. exhibiting an increase in volume on being changed in shape, owing to a wider spacing between particles.
3.
Petrology. (of rock) exhibiting an increase in volume owing to rearrangement and recrystallization of constituent grains.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Latin dīlātant- (stem of dīlātāns), present participle of dīlātāre to dilate; see -ant
Related forms
dilatancy, noun
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  • As such it would not exhibit dilatant behavior and thus would generate positive excess pore pressures.
British Dictionary definitions for dilatant

dilatant

/daɪˈleɪtənt; dɪ-/
adjective
1.
tending to dilate; dilating
2.
(physics) of, concerned with, or exhibiting dilatancy
noun
3.
something, such as a catheter, that causes dilation
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