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.] [1913 Webster]

But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven Distended as the brow of God appeased? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The warmth distends the chinks. --Dryden.

Syn: To dilate; expand; enlarge; swell; inflate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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