American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To swell or expand; enlarge.
- v. To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To enlarge or expand, as with heat; swell up; become tumid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the blowpipe.
- v. expand abnormally
- v. move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically
- From Latin intumēscō. (Wiktionary)
- Latin intumēscere : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + tumēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of tumēre, to swell; see teuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first two are evident, as when it fuses it runs into a globule; the last, by inspecting it before and after the heating with a magnifying glass; sometimes it froths up when heated, and is then said to "intumesce;" or, if it flies to fragments, "decrepitates.”
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