• A very inflated frog displays herself to other frogs
    A very inflated frog displays herself to other frogs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inflation the act of filling something with air
    • n inflation lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
    • n inflation (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
    • n inflation a general and progressive increase in prices "in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The movie "Cleopatra" cost $44 million to make in 1963. The same movie would now cost $300 million to make taking inflation into account
    • Inflation Persistent expansion or increase in the general level of prices, usually caused by overissue of currency, and resulting in a reduced value of the currency. It is contrasted with deflation, and is when it occurs to a very high degree is called hyperinflation.
    • Inflation The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement.
    • Inflation The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain type of Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil that inflates its thorax, which makes its head look like a head of a snake when it feels it is in danger or alarmed
    • n inflation The act of inflating or distending with air or gas.
    • n inflation The state of being inflated or distended; distention: as, the inflation of the lungs.
    • n inflation Undue expansion or elevation; increase beyond the proper or just amount or value: as, inflation of trade, currency, or prices; inflation of stocks (that is, of the price of stocks).
    • n inflation The state of being puffed up; turgidness; pretentiousness; conceit: as, inflation of style or manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the gross for Gone With the Wind were to be adjusted to allow for inflation in the period since its release, it would be regarded as the most successful film ever.
    • ns Inflation state of being puffed up
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  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “I wasn't affected by inflation, I had nothing to inflate.”
  • Roger Bootle
    Roger Bootle
    “Inflation is determined by money supply growth.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.”
  • Leon Henderson
    Leon Henderson
    “Having a little inflation is like being a little pregnant.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “Inflation is the crabgrass in your savings.”
  • Marty Ragaway
    Marty Ragaway
    “One good thing can be said for inflation: without it there would be no football.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflatio,: cf. F. inflation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflāre, -ātumin, into, flāre, to blow.


In literature:

Let man's better nature revel in the beauties of existence; they inflate his soul.
"Crooked Trails" by Frederic Remington
Then the stringency of the money market equalled the previous inflation.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
Its throat is white, but when it is inflated, as happens every few seconds, it turns to the loveliest rose color.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
The fruit is an inflated boat-shaped reddish pod.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
Now inflate this admirable balloon, which is to bear off all your hopes, with the lightest gases.
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
Insufficient to argue bad management, indiscreet purchases of licences at inflated prices!
"Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days" by Arnold Bennett
On the contrary, it may be perverted to inflate the currency.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
His cheeks became inflated as he tried to assume his usual bearing.
"For Gold or Soul?" by Lurana W. Sheldon
Magnitude and splendour of language when the thought is too shrunken to fill it out, becomes mere inflation.
"English Literature: Modern" by G. H. Mair
It was, in fact, a period of inflation.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

Myrt, if you inflate your hair
I shall--well--excoriate you,
And, I positively swear,
Loathe, despise, detest, and hate you.
"An Ultimatum To Myrtilla" by Franklin Pierce Adams
After the dry and sticking tongue
After our incivility
Who will inflate the poet's lung
Gone flat of this indignity
Till the Day of Jubilo?
"Jubilo" by Allen Tate
Wealth, well fawn'd on, and — well-hated;
Want,— with brutal malice mated;
And, to teach the twain,
Shallow priestcraft, self-inflated,
Dreary, dull, and vain!
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
His eyeball it gleamed like a furnace of coke;
He boldly inflated his clothes as he spoke;
He daringly felt for the corks on his chest,
And he recklessly tightened the belt at his breast.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O the orator's joys!
To inflate the chest—to roll the thunder of the voice out from the
ribs and throat,
To make the people rage, weep, hate, desire, with yourself,
To lead America—to quell America with a great tongue.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
I hardly think with flippancies that I would be imbued,
The new club woman and her fad, I know I would elude;
Nor should my person be spruced up with dress immaculate;
A whole big million I don't think my old pate would inflate.
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Today, after a couple of years of stringent and unpopular economic measures intended to curb rampant inflation, the mood in this Venezuelan city that loves to party is rebounding.
Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.
Stocks Chug Higher as Growth Signs Trump Inflation Jitters.
Number inflation obscures what really matters about image perception.
Are they doing too much to speed up economic growth and touching off inflation.
'Demo' Cars Inflated BMW Sales.
If one chamber is punctured, the others remain inflated.
Yet why all this hand-wringing about inflation now.
Inflatable 'Lunch Decoys ' are part of the dining chain's latest push to get people at Applebee's for lunch.
Is that ball sufficiently inflated, Matt.
Bank of Japan's Shirakawa, Boosting QE Against Non-Existent Deflation , Called by Likely Next PM to Raise Inflation to 3.
Chinese inflation rate picks up.
Faced with inflation problems as early as the fall of 1969, he did not make balancing the budget a major object of policy.
Sleeping pads (bottom to top): Blue closed-cell foam, an inflatable Therm-O-Rest and the Klymit Inertia Xframe.
Inflation, Korean peninsula tension mar China's yearning for stability.

In science:

Our definition of ‘reality’ supposes present-universe age τ to be huge compared to an (‘inflation’-interpretable) ‘starting-age’ τ0 that in turn was huge compared to the Planck-scale exceptional-age spacing δ.
Unification of Gravity with Electromagnetism
This spring-block model may represent schematically the experimental situation where a balloon covered with paint or dry resin is progressively inflated.
The critical earthquake concept applied to mine rockbursts with time-to-failure analysis
Tube is designed from inflatable toroids 13.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
Inflatable extractor freshwater from atmosphere (top view).
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
Bolonkin, A.A., (2002), “Optimal Inflatable Space Towers of High Height”.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere