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.

Nearby words

  1. dilantin,
  2. dilapidate,
  3. dilapidated,
  4. dilapidation,
  5. dilatancy,
  6. dilatate,
  7. dilatation,
  8. dilatation and curettage,
  9. dilatator,
  10. dilate

Origin of dilatant

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

Related formsdi·lat·an·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dilatant

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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