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  • v. Present participle of dilate.


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  • In digressing, in dilating, in passing from subject to subject, he appeared to me to float in air, to slide on ice. [

    Sounding Romantic: The Sound of Sound

  • These vessels respond by dilating, which is the real cause of the pain.

    American Yoga Association Beginner’s Manual Fully Revised and Updated

  • I can't afford 4 hours taken out of my day, so having a laptop to work on while, um, "dilating" will mean I can work as well as, well, not play, but....

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • After Tyra tried to show true empathy by discussing her own inability to control supermodel-farts after a colonoscopy, we all got to learn about "dilating," which is the thing that happens after someone has male-to-female surgery. Daily News

  • As the days wore on the idea took possession of her more and more completely, but she could only wreak her helpless ill-humour by doing foolish and futile things, such as dilating to Ody upon the imprudence of getting married, and the undesirable qualities of black-looking slips of colleens -- a simple and ingenious expedient for putting him out of conceit with all and any of them; while she assumed towards Theresa a demeanor so glum and repellent that the girl could not attribute it entirely to the irritability caused by rheumatic twinges, and from one of her charitably intentioned visits returned with a disconcerted expression, and a resolve, which she kept, to pay no more.

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • The 1st Law does not (I repeat N-O-T) tell us whether you store excess energy in the form of fat, or bleed it off into the atmosphere by dilating blood vessels next to the skin, sweating, etc.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Are Carbs Worse than Fat?

  • It's also good for the heart; it helps produce nitric oxide (not nitrous oxide -- that's laughing gas!) in the arteries, dilating them and reducing blood pressure.

    David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.: How Meditation Affects the Gray Matter of the Brain

  • I am also amused that in 1990, twenty years after he started publishing Dalziel and Pascoe stories, Mr. Hill decided that he didn't want to leave his characters hanging in weird mystery series dilating time if he stopped suddenly, so he wrote a definitive last one, set on the moon base.

    mrissa: Books read, late December

  • I have great sympathy for this impulse, as mystery series dilating time sometimes bothers me, but it was particularly amusing because I was reading that story a few days from 2010, which is when it's set.

    mrissa: Books read, late December

  • Hot flashes aren't well studied but are thought to result from blood vessels dilating in response to the normal hormone fluctuations of menopause, Manson said.

    Study sees benefit to early menopause hot flashes


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