• WordNet 3.6
    • v intumesce expand abnormally "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
    • v intumesce move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically "Gases bubbled up from the earth","Marx's ideas have bubbled up in many places in Latin America"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Intumesce To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the blowpipe. "In a higher heat, it intumesces , and melts into a yellowish black mass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intumesce To enlarge or expand, as with heat; swell up; become tumid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Intumesce to swell up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intumescere,; pref. in-, in + tumescere, to swell up, incho. fr. tumere, to swell. See Tumid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. in, in, tumēre, to swell.


In literature:

Here, an intumescence which was to become a mountain, there, an abyss which was to be filled with an ocean or a sea.
"The Underground City" by Jules Verne
It gelatinizes by boiling with acid, and after intumescing before the blowpipe, fuses to a frothy mass.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
Notice whether the substance fuses with the bead, and if so, whether there is intumescence or not.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
Forms an infusible compound with slight intumescence.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
The intumescence of the uterus continued about the same.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various

In news:

International Paint's Interchar 1120 acrylic intumescent fireproofing now available in Canada.
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From specifying to application, industry professionals can learn the latest about the fast-changing technology of intumescent coatings in a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.