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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expand  \Ex*pand"\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  widely  opened,  spread  apart,  dilated,  distended,  or 
  enlarged;  as  flowers  expand  in  the  spring;  metals  expand  by 
  heat;  the  heart  expands  with  joy.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expand  \Ex*pand"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Expanded};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Expanding}.]  [L.  expandere,  expansum  ex  out  +  pandere  to 
  spread  out  to  throw  open  perh.  akin  to  E.  patent.  Cf 
  {Spawn}.] 
  1.  To  lay  open  by  extending;  to  open  wide;  to  spread  out  to 
  diffuse;  as  a  flower  expands  its  leaves. 
 
  Then  with  expanded  wings  he  steers  his  flight. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  cause  the  particles  or  parts  of  to  spread  themselves  or 
  stand  apart,  thus  increasing  bulk  without  addition  of 
  substance;  to  make  to  occupy  more  space;  to  dilate;  to 
  distend;  to  extend  every  way  to  enlarge;  --  opposed  to 
  {contract};  as  to  expand  the  chest;  heat  expands  all 
  bodies;  to  expand  the  sphere  of  benevolence. 
 
  3.  (Math.)  To  state  in  enlarged  form  to  develop;  as  to 
  expand  an  equation.  See  {Expansion},  5. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expand 
  v  1:  extend  in  one  or  more  directions;  "The  dough  expands"  [syn: 
  {spread  out}] 
  2:  become  larger  in  size  or  volume  or  quantity;  "his  business 
  expanded  rapidly";  "The  bag  will  expand  when  pressure  is 
  lowered" 
  3:  make  bigger  or  wider  in  size,  volume,  or  quantity;  "expand 
  the  house  by  adding  another  wing" 
  4:  grow  stronger;  "The  economy  was  booming"  [syn:  {boom},  {prosper}, 
  {thrive},  {get  ahead},  {flourish}] 
  5:  exaggerate  or  make  bigger;  "The  charges  were  inflated"  [syn: 
  {inflate},  {blow  up},  {amplify}] 
  6:  elaborate  or  expatiate  upon  give  details;  "She  elaborated 
  on  her  plans"  [syn:  {elaborate},  {expatiate},  {enlarge},  {flesh 
  out},  {expound},  {dilate}] 
  7:  expand  the  influence  of  "The  King  extended  his  rule  to  the 
  Eastern  part  of  the  continent"  [syn:  {extend}] 




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