dilatant

[ dih-leyt-nt, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈleɪt nt, daɪ- /

adjective

dilating; expanding.
Physical Chemistry. exhibiting an increase in volume on being changed in shape, owing to a wider spacing between particles.
Petrology. (of rock) exhibiting an increase in volume owing to rearrangement and recrystallization of constituent grains.

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Origin of dilatant

1835–45; < Latin dīlātant- (stem of dīlātāns), present participle of dīlātāre to dilate; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM dilatant

di·lat·an·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dilatancy (1 of 2)

dilatancy
/ (daɪˈleɪtənsɪ, dɪ-) /

noun

a phenomenon caused by the nature of the stacking or fitting together of particles or granules in a heterogeneous system, such as the solidification of certain sols under pressure, and the thixotropy of certain gels

British Dictionary definitions for dilatancy (2 of 2)

dilatant
/ (daɪˈleɪtənt, dɪ-) /

adjective

tending to dilate; dilating
physics of, concerned with, or exhibiting dilatancy

noun

something, such as a catheter, that causes dilation
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