[ dih-leyt-nt, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈleɪt nt, daɪ- /
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.
Origin of dilatant
Related formsdi·lat·an·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dilatancy (1 of 2)
/ (daɪˈleɪtənsɪ, dɪ-) /
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)
/ (daɪˈleɪtənt, dɪ-) /
tending to dilate; dilating
physics of, concerned with, or exhibiting dilatancy
something, such as a catheter, that causes dilation
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