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- n. The state of being expansive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a quality characterized by magnificence of scale.
- n. a friendly open trait of a talkative person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being expansive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a friendly open trait of a talkative person
- n. a quality characterized by magnificence of scale or the tendency to expand
We know also that this last state is characterized by a high degree of expansiveness, which is also the outstanding property of heat.
Gibbons draws a viable enough distinction between the intricate formalism of Perec's fiction and the "expansiveness" of Pynchon, Wallace, and Vollmann (whose work might be more accurately characterized by what Tom LeClair has called the "art of excess"), but I wonder about the utility of of attributing these differences to national or geographical qualities -- "commensurate with the open spaces and endless distances of our continent."
That expansiveness which is the essence of the poetic element, they have not.
The "expansiveness" will only be temporary, and last as long as it takes for the impulse to return and fill up the space again.
This shadow transmutes into wisdom by letting go of your self-importance and experiencing the enriching depth, expansiveness, and abundance of all life with equanimity.
But as our telling swells to include many stories, we are made that much greater by the expansiveness of our humanity -- warts, joys and all.
Joy does not equate to happiness, although it has an expansiveness that invites delight.
Replace all patterns of self-blame, shame, violation, and other limitations with the expansiveness of love in your center to free your sensual nature.
Montana born leader and supremely gifted storyteller, Colin Meloy has always managed to infuse his songs with the expansiveness of his childhood's big skies and with the textures and the history of traveling minstrels reciting our oral histories and legends.
That approach may not continue since it leaves the midfield outnumbered but this was an evening for expansiveness.
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