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distend

[dih-stend]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.
2.
to spread in all directions; expand; swell: The sea distended about them.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French destendre) < Latin distendere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tendere to stretch

distender, noun
overdistend, verb
undistend, verb (used with object)


1. See expand. 1, 2. enlarge, bloat.


1, 2. shrink, contract.
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distend (dɪˈstɛnd)
 
vb
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 dis-1 + tendere to stretch]
 
dis'tender
 
n
 
dis'tensible
 
adj
 
distensi'bility
 
n
 
dis'tension
 
n
 
dis'tention
 
n

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distend
c.1400, from L. distendere "to swell or stretch out, extend," from dis- "apart" + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Distended.
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distend di·stend (dĭ-stěnd')
v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand or cause to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.

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