Definitions of inflation

  1. the act of filling something with air Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Undue expansion or increase, from overissue; - said of currency. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. State of being puffed up: in finance, the increased issue of a paper currency, not warranted by the security and other circumstances. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Overissue, as of currency. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The act of inflating; the state of being inflated; the state of being puffed up; artificial increase or rise. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for inflation

  1. In addition, certain characters that can not be expressed easily by measurements, such as inflation of the auditory bullae and the curvature of the zygomatic arch, were observed. – Subspeciation in the Meadow Mouse, Microtus montanus, in Wyoming and Colorado by Sydney Anderson
  2. If Mr. Stanley's antagonist had been a vehement advocate for clerical learning as the great essential to his profession, he would have been the first to caution him against the pride and inflation which often attend learning, when not governed by religion. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More