American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of distending or the state of being distended.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of distending, or the state of being distended; dilatation; a stretching in all directions; inflation: as, the distention of the lungs or stomach.
- n. A stretching in any direction; extension.
- n. The act of distending.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of distending; the act of stretching in breadth or in all directions; the state of being Distended.
- n. Breadth; extent or space occupied by the thing distended.
- n. the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
- n. the act of expanding by pressure from within
- Middle English distensioun, from Old French, from Latin distēnsiō, distēnsiōn-, alteration of distentiō, from distentus, past participle of distendere, to distend; see distend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The stomach distention is a bitch, but not having to worry about one's next meal for a week is a bonus.”
“Sharp division of the gall-bladder causes no pain, but distention, which is the gall-bladder's most common pathologic state, produces pain.”
“This sensation reaches its climax with the expulsion of the semen into the urethra and the consequent feeling of distention, which is instantly followed by the rhythmic peristaltic contractions of the urethral muscles which mark the climax of the orgasm.”
“Snyder justified the secrecy because Eisenhower, since 1945, had suffered from “recurrent attacks of lower abdominal pain and distention.””
“The use of water to produce suffocation was less common than the use of water to produce stomach distention to my knowledge.”
“He had stretched the elasticity out of them, and with their distention had passed his endurance.”
“It is this obsession with, distention and corruption of, beauty that gives rise to the imagined master races of the KKK, the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge, the Hutu Akazu, the Taliban.”
“For what breathes the oxygenating energy of the spirit's revival across the transformation from "— r embers" to "r (em) embers" is a phonemic distention not unlike that which, in”
“It is this obsession with, distention and corruption of, beauty that gives rise to the KKK, the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge, the Hutu Akazu, the Taliban.”
“The earliest signs of meconium ileus are abdominal distention (a swollen belly), bilious (green) vomit and no passage of meconium.”
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