from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of distending, or the state of being distended; dilatation; a stretching in all directions; inflation: as, the distention of the lungs or stomach.
  • noun A stretching in any direction; extension.

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

  • noun The act of distending; the act of stretching in breadth or in all directions; the state of being Distended.
  • noun Breadth; extent or space occupied by the thing distended.

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

  • noun The act of distending.

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

  • noun the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
  • noun the act of expanding by pressure from within


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