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Definitions of expand

  1. To open out; to dilate; to enlarge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To enlarge; swell; spread out. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To spread out: to open or lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To increase in size. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To become opened: to enlarge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. grow stronger; "The economy was booming" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To open; spread out; dilate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To open or spread out; to enlarge in length, surface, or bulk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To open; to spread out or enlarge a surface; to extend; to dilate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Some said it was on account of his terrible language; others accounted for it in a more philosophical way, and said it was caused by the expansion of his scalp, as violent passion, we know, will swell the veins and expand the head. – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  2. Heat makes metals expand and makes springs less elastic. – Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan
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