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to become expanded or inflated; to swell. His heart distends with pride.

1. To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch. But say, what mean those coloured 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)

Synonym: to dilate, expand, enlarge, swell, inflate.

Origin: L. Distendere, distentum, distensum; dis- _ tendere to stretch, stretch out: cf. F. Distendre to distend, detendre to unbend. See Tend, and cf. Detent.

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