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Definition of Expand

Ex`pand´
v. t.1.To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves.
[imp. & p. p. Expanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Expanding.]
Then with expanded wings he steers his flight.
- Milton.
2.To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; - opposed to contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence.
3.(Math.) To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.
v. i.1.To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.

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