from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.
- transitive v. To cause to expand by or as if by internal pressure; dilate.
- transitive v. To extend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To extend or expand, as from internal pressure; to swell
- v. To extend; to stretch out; to spread out.
- v. To cause to swell.
- v. To cause gravidity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch.
- transitive v. 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
- intransitive v. To become expanded or inflated; to swell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stretch or spread in all directions; dilate; expand; swell out; enlarge: as, to distend a bladder; to distend the lungs.
- To stretch in any direction; extend.
- To widen; spread apart.
- To become distended; swell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become wider
- v. cause to expand as it by internal pressure
- v. swell from or as if from internal pressure
Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)