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dilatant

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