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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distend  \Dis*tend"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Distended};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Distending}.]  [L.  distendere  distentum  distensum 
  dis-  +  tendere  to  stretch,  stretch  out:  cf  F.  distendre  to 
  distend,  d['e]tendre  to  unbend.  See  {Tend},  and  cf 
  {Detent}.] 
  1.  To  extend  in  some  one  direction;  to  lengthen  out  to 
  stretch.  [R.] 
 
  But  say  what  mean  those  colored  streaks  in  heaven 
  Distended  as  the  brow  of  God  appeased?  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  stretch  out  or  extend  in  all  directions;  to  dilate;  to 
  enlarge,  as  by  elasticity  of  parts  to  inflate  so  as  to 
  produce  tension;  to  cause  to  swell;  as  to  distend  a 
  bladder,  the  stomach,  etc 
 
  The  warmth  distends  the  chinks.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  To  dilate;  expand;  enlarge;  swell;  inflate. 




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