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

  • adjective increased in extent or size or bulk or scope. Opposite of contracted.
  • adjective (Printnig) wider than usual for a particular height; -- of printers' type. Contrasted with condensed.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of expand.

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  • adjective increased in extent or size or bulk or scope


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  • Tin Pan Alley first referred to NYC's 28th Street, home of a number of song publishers, but the term expanded to cover any places where songwriters toiled to produce tomorrow's hits.

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  • Some residents told the committee the fact that Curtatone initiated the charter revision process was suspicious given the committee's recommendation that the mayor's powers be expanded and the term expanded from two to four years.

    The Somerville News Blog

  • "It's what she calls expanded cinema," Ms. Breitwieser said.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Alimta got its label expanded this month as well, but it's not going to be enough to make up for the $4 billion-plus in lost sales of Zyprexa that will be coming. The Motley Fool

  • In fact, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has ensured that the Brown-backed Massachusetts system would become truly sustainable through “roughly $500 million” in expanded Medicaid funds for the Bay State.

    Think Progress » Flashback: In 2009, Scott Brown Said The Senate Health Bill ‘Mirrors’ The Massachusetts Plan He Supports

  • The house was expanded from the original due to mutual agreement between us and the architect that some rooms should have been larger than originally planned.


  • In repairing neighbour Brigg's house the work men have turnd out some Bats of the largest kind, we have preserved one which when expanded is exactly one foot from tip to tip of his wings.

    Letter 320

  • Just the process of applying was valuable (I recommend applying with your best two short stories, get the scary bit done ... then have your brain expanded by reading people's blogs and reading all your potential instructors).

    Learn to Write Good

  • The issue, it seems, has now expanded from the claims made by Lewis Hamilton and McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan to the FIA stewards after the Australian Grand Prix, to McLaren's subsequent management of the situation.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • This second edition is massively expanded from the first, with most of the new material simply being more of the same excellent analysis of the programme's context (in this case the early 1970s) plus a lot more analytical essays and 147 endnotes (which is 142 more than in the first edition; though I repeat my complaint about them being endnotes rather than footnotes).

    June Books 29) About Time: The Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who, 1970-1974, 2nd edition, by Tat Wood


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