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intumescence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intumescence  \In`tu*mes"cence\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  intumescence.] 
  1.  The  act  or  process  of  swelling  or  enlarging;  also  the 
  state  of  being  swollen;  expansion;  tumidity;  especially, 
  the  swelling  up  of  bodies  under  the  action  of  heat. 
 
  The  intumescence  of  nations.  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  Anything  swollen  or  enlarged,  as  a  tumor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  intumescence 
  n  1:  swelling  up  with  blood  or  other  fluids  (as  with  congestion) 
  [syn:  {intumescency}] 
  2:  the  swelling  of  certain  substances  when  they  are  heated 
  (often  accompanied  by  release  of  water)  [syn:  {intumescency}, 
  {swelling}] 




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