Distend

Definition of Distend

Dis`tend´
v. t.1.To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch.
[imp. & p. p. Distended; p. pr. & vb. n. Distending.]
But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven
Distended as the brow of God appeased?
- Milton.
2.To stretch out or extend in all directions; to dilate; to enlarge, as by elasticity of parts; to inflate so as to produce tension; to cause to swell; as, to distend a bladder, the stomach, etc.
The warmth distends the chinks.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To become expanded or inflated; to swell.

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