- to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.
- to spread in all directions; expand; swell: The sea distended about them.
Origin of distend
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Related Words for distendwiden, augment, dilate, stretch, balloon, bloat, enlarge, distort, lengthen, increase, puff, inflate, expand, amplify
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Historical Examples of distend
You will find it impossible to breathe, for the muscles of your chest will distend the ribs.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
All the blood in him seemed to rush to his head and distend the veins there.The Free Range
Francis William Sullivan
To distend is to stretch apart or spread in all directions; to dilate, to expand.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Furl—To roll up and make sails fast so that the wind cannot distend them.On Yacht Sailing
Thomas Fleming Day
He could talk now, could distend his nerves in the warm air of her sympathy.Sanctuary
- to expand or be expanded by or as if by pressure from within; swell; inflate
- (tr) to stretch out or extend
- (tr) to magnify in importance; exaggerate
Word Origin for distend
- To swell out or expand or cause to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.