Origin of expanded
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of expand
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Related Wordsbolster, widen, broaden, swell, enlarge, increase, spread, develop, open, grow, extend, thicken, pyramid, lengthen, unfurl, protract, distend, magnify, dilate, stretch
Examples from the Web for expanded
Paperback publishers distributed their titles in African-American neighborhoods because it expanded their market base.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
The sequels will contain anything from the Expanded Universe.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
They embraced the notion of a growing America, whose economy could be expanded for the benefit of the majority.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
There is an expanded place-name index with more than 150,000 entries, and separate undersea, Moon, and Mars features.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
This approach should not be condemned; it should be expanded upon.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
November 30, 2014
As our population has expanded, the Union has been cemented and strengthened.
The pileus is fleshy, convex, then expanded, and at length depressed.
The plant at the extreme right has expanded and begun to deliquesce.
Observing that this statement provoked no ridicule, he expanded.Mixed Faces
He burgeoned, expanded, flung back his head in the old, imperial way.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- 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
Word Origin and History for expanded
early 15c., "spread out, spread flat," from Anglo-French espaundre, Middle French espandre and directly from Latin expandere "to spread out, unfold, expand," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pandere "to spread, stretch" (see pace (n.)). Sense of "grow larger" first recorded 1640s. Related: Expanded; expanding.