from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That can expand or be expanded: an expansible antenna.

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  • adj. expandable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being expanded or spread out widely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being expanded or spread; admitting of being extended, dilated, or diffused.

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

  • adj. able to expand or be expanded
  • adj. (of gases) capable of expansion


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  • Popular and institutional memories also ignored the real operational lessons of Plattsburgh: the strategic resilience of a professional army when supported by an expansible militia; the necessity of close interservice cooperation; and the necessity for expeditionary-capable logistical support when operating in lightly populated wilderness.

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  • Washington had in mind an expansible army of 2,600 men to defend frontiers against Native peoples and neighboring European colonists, prepare for war, establish magazines and arsenals, and train state militias to a national standard.

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  • Calhoun also tried to push through Congress the idea of an “expansible army,” essentially a skeleton regular force that could readily absorb a wartime influx of personnel.

    Between War and Peace

  • There were no expansible or reproducible output of information from systematized studies of the working principles of nature from Negroes.

    New Profile Of The Black Man

  • Made of thick but very expansible and pliable opaque kelp-plastic, blossoms have a central tube about the diameter of a carrot with flaring fronds (or blossoms) on either end, spreading out at a tilt.

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  • As aboard ship, beds in the cottages were expansible to double width.


  • Of the founders of the lasting and expansible theories of natural science, it may be said, that "thoughts beyond their thoughts to those high bards were given."

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  • This is why he insisted that we understand the policy implications of the differences between tangible property and ideas, which "like fire" are "expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point."

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  • Yet both English and American (governmental) experiments ignore the fact, that the expansible bullets increase friction enormously; and the Enfield bullet (fig. 3) is as badly contrived as possible, being round-pointed, expansible, and with very long bearings, without the bands which in the French and American bullets reduce the friction somewhat.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859


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