from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of expanding or the state of being expanded.
- n. Medicine See dilatation.
- n. A lengthy spoken or written discussion on a topic: "an Edith Whartonesque dilation on a social class steeped in hypocrisy” ( Caroline Seebohm).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of dilating.
- n. State of being dilated; expansion; dilatation.
- n. Delay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Delay.
- n. The act of dilating, or the state of being dilated; expansion; dilatation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of dilating; expansion; dilatation
- n. Delay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of expanding an aperture
- n. a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic
Sorry, no etymologies found.
No, the true source of my morning eye-dilation is the rumor of who may be writing and directing this retelling of the sci-fi/horror classic … David Cronenberg.
I saw a talk by an atomic clock guy a few years ago who claimed his group could see time dilation from a height difference on the order of a few meters.
In case you might have forgotten what the eye examination plus dilation is like:
The opening is termed dilation and is measured in centimeters, from 0 to approximately 10.
To stave off a life-threatening infection and to keep the possibility of a future birth alive, I had what's called dilation and evacuation or "d & e."
Other procedures suction curettage, also known as dilation and evacuation, or D&E use an aspiration technique to remove any remaining tissue.
The incremental approach has had some success, such as a federal ban on a procedure called dilation and extraction or "partial-birth abortion."
In countries where vacuum aspiration has not been introduced into training and practice, abortions may still be done by an older method called dilation and curettage D&C.
GREEN: The autopsy revealed that Becky had had a procedure called a dilation and curettage about a month before her death.
The contested procedure is also sometimes called dilation and extraction.