• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dilative Causing dilation; tending to dilate, on enlarge; expansive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Experiments conducted in Germany and at the University of Southampton in England show that even mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers, and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by noise. The sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.
    • dilative Tending to dilate; causing dilatation.
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.”


In literature:

Her eyes, fascinated, gazed in front of her, the pupils dilated.
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
And so of the nostrils: a wide-dilated nostril is at once better than a contracted one for respiration, and gives the animal a fiercer aspect.
"On Horsemanship" by Xenophon
Her pupils had grown suddenly dilated, and she clenched her hands tightly.
"Dope" by Sax Rohmer
The pupils of his eyes, as he gazed at Monte Cristo dilated horribly.
"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
He stood rigid, with head thrown back; his eyes rolled wildly, flashing; the dilated nostrils quivered.
"Tales of Unrest" by Joseph Conrad
Hence the nostrils are generally dilated and often quiver; or the breath may be held until the blood stagnates in the purple face.
"The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals" by Charles Darwin
But Dave's eyes, that had been ruefully following the inspector, suddenly dilated.
"On the Track" by Henry Lawson
From time to time his nostrils dilated as if eager for the smell of powder, and he panted like a horse.
"Twenty Years After" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The dark olive of her skin crimsoned; her eyes dilated and shadowed with a rare change of emotion.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
Is not sound a modification of air, compressed, dilated, echoed?
"Seraphita" by Honore de Balzac

In poetry:

With his nostrils fierce dilating,
With his crest a curling sea,
All his volumed power is waiting
For the will, to set it free.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
While I—-to the shape, I too
Feel my soul dilate
Nor a whit abate,
And relax not a gesture due,
As I see my belief come true.
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
Thou—thou, the Ideal Man!
Fair, able, beautiful, content, and loving,
Complete in Body, and dilate in Spirit,
Be thou my God.
"God" by Walt Whitman
So when one wing can make no way,
Two joined can themselves dilate,
So can two persons propogate,
When singly either would decay.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Some faint and wearily should glide
Their broken flight along--
While some high in the air should ride
Dilated, bold, and strong.
"Vignette - I" by Matilda Betham
And borne aloft by the sustaining blast,
This little golden thread
Dilates into a column high and vast,
A form of fear and dread.
"By The Fireside : Sand Of The Desert In An Hour-Glass" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Esophageal dilation and associated tracheal compression should be considered in the differential diagnosis, and in such a case, revision of the gastric wrap should alleviate the problem.
Findings shed light on understanding of dilated cardiomyopathy.
Gene mutations that cause heart muscle disease and chronic heart failure in some children and adults with dilated cardiomyopathy have been identified by researchers.
Phlebectasia is a dilation of a vein.
Introducer Needles, Dilators, and Tear Away Introducer Sheaths.
Qosina adds an entire line of Introducer Needles, Dilators, and Tear Away Introducer Sheaths with Dilators as stock, non-sterile components for device manufacturers.
Doctors may dilate the eyes and check behind the retina.
Results To address this question, we perturbed the activity of the 'pyloric' ventricular dilator neuron and the 'gastric' lateral gastric neuron during ongoing pyloric and gastric rhythms.
The cause was a genetic disorder called dilated cardiomyopathy.
Phlebectasia is a dilation of a vein.
Loma Vista Medical Receives FDA Clearance for its TRUE Dilatation™ Balloon Valvuloplasty Catheter.
The products are infused with a proprietary blend of therapeutic essential oils shown to promote sleep while gently dilating nasal passages to help increase oxygen flow and decrease snoring.
Eye flashing or eye pinning are labels used to describe the rapid dilation and contraction of the pupils of a bird's eye.
ENTrigue Surgical Introduces Ventera-R Sinus Dilation System for the U.S.
I wanted to dilate on my earlier analysis of President Obama and his standing with the public so far.

In science:

This means that, probably, there exist length dilation structures which are not strong dilation structures.
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
For any pair of strong dilation structures or length dilation structures there is an associated notion of differentiability (section 7.2 ).
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
Definition 7.8 Let (X, d, δ) and (Y , d, δ) be two strong dilation structures or length dilation structures and f : U ⊂ X → Y be a continuous function defined on an open subset of X .
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
Let (X, d, δ) be a strong dilation structure or a length dilation structure.
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
We have then a notion of differentiability for curves in X , seen as continuous functions from (a open interval in) R, with the usual dilation structure, to X with the dilation structure (X, d, δ).
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint