[ ik-spand ]
/ ɪkˈspænd /
verb (used with object)
to increase in extent, size, volume, scope, etc.: Heat expands most metals. He hopes to expand his company.
to spread or stretch out; unfold: A bird expands its wings.
to express in fuller form or greater detail; develop: to expand a short story into a novel.
- to write (a mathematical expression) so as to show the products of its factors.Compare factor(def 10).
- to rewrite (a mathematical expression) as a sum, product, etc., of terms of a particular kind: to expand a function in a power series.
verb (used without object)
to increase or grow in extent, bulk, scope, etc.: Most metals expand with heat. The mind expands with experience.
to spread out; unfold; develop: The buds had not yet expanded.
to express something more fully or in greater detail (usually followed by on or upon): to expand on a statement.
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Origin of expand
1400–50; late Middle English expanden < Latin expandere to spread out, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pandere to extend, stretch
SYNONYMS FOR expand
1 extend, swell, enlarge. See increase. Expand, dilate, distend, inflate imply becoming larger and filling more space. To expand is to spread out, usually in every direction: to expand one's chest. To dilate is especially to increase the width or circumference, and applies to space enclosed within confines or to hollow bodies: to dilate the pupils of the eyes. To distend is to stretch, often beyond the point of natural expansion: to distend an artery. To inflate is to blow out or swell a hollow body with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
OTHER WORDS FROM expand
ex·pand·a·ble, ex·pand·i·ble, adjectiveex·pand·a·bil·i·ty, ex·pand·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ex·pand·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ex·pand, verb
pre·ex·pand, verb (used with object)re·ex·pand, verbself-ex·pand·ing, adjectivesu·per·ex·pand, verbun·ex·pand·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·pand·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH expandexpand expend (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for expandable
/ (ɪkˈspænd) /
to make or become greater in extent, volume, size, or scope; increase
to spread out or be spread out; unfold; stretch out
(intr often foll by on) to enlarge or expatiate on (a story, topic, etc) in detail
(intr) to become increasingly relaxed, friendly, or talkative
maths to express (a function or expression) as the sum or product of terms
Derived forms of expandexpandable, adjective
Word Origin for expand
C15: from Latin expandere to spread out, from pandere to spread, extend
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