from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of inflating or the state of being inflated.
- n. A persistent increase in the level of consumer prices or a persistent decline in the purchasing power of money, caused by an increase in available currency and credit beyond the proportion of available goods and services.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act, instance of, or state of expansion or increase in size, especially by injection of a gas.
- n. An increase in the general level of prices or in the cost of living.
- n. A decline in the value of money.
- n. An increase in the quantity of money, leading to a devaluation of existing money.
- n. Undue expansion or increase, as of academic grades.
- n. An extremely rapid expansion of the universe, theorised to have occurred very shortly after the big bang.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement.
- n. The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity.
- n. Persistent expansion or increase in the general level of prices, usually caused by overissue of currency, and resulting in a reduced value of the currency. It is contrasted with
deflation, and is when it occurs to a very high degree is called hyperinflation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of inflating or distending with air or gas.
- n. The state of being inflated or distended; distention: as, the inflation of the lungs.
- n. Undue expansion or elevation; increase beyond the proper or just amount or value: as, inflation of trade, currency, or prices; inflation of stocks (that is, of the price of stocks).
- n. The state of being puffed up; turgidness; pretentiousness; conceit: as, inflation of style or manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of filling something with air
- n. lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
- n. a general and progressive increase in prices
- n. (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
From Middle English, from Latin īnflātiō ("expansion", "blowing up"), from īnflātus, the perfect passive participle of īnflō ("blow into", "expand"), from in ("into") + flō ("blow"). (Wiktionary)