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  • n. dilatation: for example, bronchiectasis, which refers to a pathologic dilatation of the bronchi of the lung.
  • n. The lengthening of a syllable from short to long.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lengthening of a syllable from short to long.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anc. ortho√ępy and prosody: The pronunciation of a vowel as long.
  • n. The lengthening or protraction of a vowel usually short. See diastole.
  • n. In ancient rhetoric: The use of a long vowel or syllable in a part of a clause or sentence where it will produce a special rhythmical effect.
  • n. The use of a form of a word longer than that commonly employed. This is generally called paragoge.

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

  • n. dilatation or distension of a hollow organ


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