Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which expands; especially, a tool or machine used to expand something; specifically, in plumbing, a tool used to spread lead-packing into the inner flange-recesses of pipe-connections.
- n. A tool used to secure a tube in a plate or sheet so that the joint shall be steam- or water-tight under pressure. The tube is inserted in the hole, which it fits closely but so as to slide or be driven into place. Then within the tube is inserted the expander, having rollers which can be forced out radially against the inside of the tube while they are revolved in place. This pressure rolling-action enlarges the tube and forces its outer surface against the walls of the hole. The end of the tube is usually also headed over.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Anything which causes expansion esp. (Mech.) a tool for stretching open or expanding a tube, etc.
- expand + -er (Wiktionary)
“I am a medical transcriptionist, and I use a word expander which will produce something like "the patient is here for a followup" if I type "tpihfaf.”
“The automated acronym expander ( "The Bile Machine") generates random, insulting things that any 2-7 letter word can stand for.”
“Two years ago I wrote a gist about a new design NASA was testing there—something called an expander cycle engine.”
“For higher-power-output applications (greater than 100 kw), the expander will be a turbine.”
“Your dentist will likely need to place a crossbite "expander" for a few months to correct that.--very common orthodontic correction.”
“We furnish a ten cable chest expander which is adjustable to give resistance up to 200 lbs.”
“First there is the "expander", which removes extraneous mouth noises; next up is the”
“In other areas, I created my own kind of expander that has the look of a tree view item and adds additional paragraphs below itself.”
“Firefighters were able to use a hydraulic pressure expander to force the bars apart and pull him back into his apartment.”
“The only problem that definably causes a situation of bullet movement is carbon build up on the expander ball during decaping and resizing thus inlarging the internal neck size.”
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