Intumesce
Intumesce In`tu*mesce", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Intumesced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intumescing}.] [L. intumescere; pref. in- in + tumescere to swell up, incho. fr. tumere to swell. See {Tumid}.] To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the blowpipe. [1913 Webster]

In a higher heat, it intumesces, and melts into a yellowish black mass. --Kirwan. [1913 Webster]


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  • intumesce — [in΄to͞o mes′, intyo͞omes′] vi. intumesced, intumescing [L intumescere: see IN 1 & TUMESCENT] to swell, enlarge, expand, or bubble up, as with heat …   English World dictionary

  • intumesce — /in too mes , tyoo /, v.i., intumesced, intumescing. 1. to swell up, as with heat; become tumid. 2. to bubble up. [1790 1800; < L intumescere to swell up, equiv. to in IN 2 + tumescere, equiv. to tum(ere) to swell + escere ESCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • intumesce — verb a) To swell or enlarge (abnormally) b) To bubble up (as the result of heating) See Also: intumescence, intumescency, intumescent …   Wiktionary

  • intumesce — To swell up; to enlarge. [L. in tumesco, to swell up, fr. tumeo, to swell] * * * in·tu·mesce (in too mesґ) to swell up …   Medical dictionary

  • intumesce — v. swell up, become enlarged; bubble up …   English contemporary dictionary

  • intumesce — [ˌɪntjʊ mɛs] verb rare swell up. Derivatives intumescence noun intumescent adjective Origin C18: from L. intumescere, from in into + tumescere begin to swell (from tumere swell ) …   English new terms dictionary

  • intumesce — v. n. Swell, expand, dilate, become tumid …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • intumesce — v swell, tumefy, become tumid, Obs. incrassate; distend, inflate, bloat, puff out, blow up, bubble up, dome; protrude, bulge, bag, belly; fill out, fatten; expand, extend, spread, spread out, outspread, stretch, stretch out; enlarge, make larger …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • intumesce — in·tu·mesce …   English syllables

  • intumesce — /ɪntʃuˈmɛs/ (say inchooh mes) verb (i) (intumesced, intumescing) 1. to swell up, as with heat; become tumid. 2. to bubble up. {Latin intumescere swell up} …   Australian English dictionary

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