|1.||to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate|
|2.||(tr) to stretch out or extend|
|3.||(tr) to magnify in importance; exaggerate|
|[C14: from Latin distendere, from |
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
distention dis·ten·tion or dis·ten·sion (dĭ-stěn'shən)
The act of distending or the state of being distended.