verb (used with or without object)
Origin of distend
Examples from the Web for distend
Why do connoisseurs of wines close their mouths and distend their chins for a few seconds, when tasting wines?The Reason Why|Anonymous
Ear-plugs are also worn, of such size as to distend the lobe down to the shoulders.
If the surgeon has reason to expect the gut to be collapsed, an attempt should be made to distend it with some fluid.
In the dried or ripe state they are rather difficult of digestion, and very apt to distend the stomach and intestines with wind.
Veins absorb the blood, propel it forwards, and distend the heart; contraction of the heart distends the arteries.Zoonomia, Vol. I|Erasmus Darwin