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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Dilation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In elasticity, change of volume under stress.
  • noun The act of expanding; expansion, as by heat; a spreading or enlarging in all directions; the state of being expanded or distended; distention.
  • noun Specifically Diffuseness of speech; prolixity; enlargement.
  • noun An abnormal enlargement of an aperture or a canal of the body, or one made for the purposes of surgical or medical treatment. See expansion.
  • noun A dilated part of anything; specifically, in zoology, a dilated portion of an organ or a mark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Prolixity; diffuse discourse.
  • noun The act of dilating; expansion; an enlarging on al� sides; the state of being dilated; dilation.
  • noun (Anat.) A dilation or enlargement of a canal or other organ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Prolixity; diffuse discourse.
  • noun The act of dilating; expansion; an enlarging on all sides; the state of being dilated; dilation.
  • noun A dilation or enlargement of a canal or other organ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of expanding an aperture
  • noun the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions

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