- 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
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French destendre) < Latin distendere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tendere to stretch
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1. See expand. 1, 2. enlarge, bloat.
1, 2. shrink, contract.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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
C14: from Latin distendere, from dis- 1 + tendere to stretch
Word Origin and History for overdistend
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To swell out or expand or cause to swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure.
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