• WordNet 3.6
    • v dilate become wider "His pupils were dilated"
    • v dilate add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • a Dilate Extensive; expanded.
    • Dilate To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely. "Do me the favor to dilate at full
      What hath befallen of them and thee till now."
    • Dilate To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; to swell; -- opposed to contract; as, the air dilates the lungs; air is dilated by increase of heat.
    • Dilate To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions. "His heart dilates and glories in his strength."
    • Dilate To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; -- with on or upon. "But still on their ancient joys dilate ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dilate To expand; distend; spread out; enlarge or extend in all directions: as, air dilates the lungs; to dilate the pupil of the eye.
    • dilate To set forth at length; relate at large; relute or describe with full particulars; enlarge upon.
    • dilate Synonyms To swell, spread out, amplify.
    • dilate To spread out; expand; distend; swell; enlarge.
    • dilate To speak at length; dwell on particulars; enlarge; expatiate; descant: used absolutely or with upon or on.
    • dilate Broad; extended.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dilate di-lāt′ to spread out in all directions: to enlarge: the opposite of contract
    • v.i Dilate to widen: to swell out: to speak at length
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dilatare,; either fr. di-, = dis-, + latus, wide, not the same word as latus, used as p. p. of ferre, to bear (see Latitude); or fr. dilatus, used as p. p. of differre, to separate (see Delay Tolerate Differ, and cf. Dilatory): cf. F. dilater,


In literature:

They saw his arms drop limply to his sides, and his eyes dilate with obvious sudden fear.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
The white circle, which surrounded the pupil seemed to dilate.
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
Also the pupils dilated in his hard brown eyes.
"The Man of the Forest" by Zane Grey
I ask for only ten minutes, in order to dilate the hydrogen.
"Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne
They looked at one another with dilating eyes, to read in a human face whether such a deed as this could really be done by man upon his fellow.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
Her bosom was heaving, her eyes dilated, her cheeks flushed.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
She watched his coming with dilated eyes.
"The Lamp of Fate" by Margaret Pedler
Cecil and Forrest stared at one another for a moment with dilated eyes.
"Jeanne of the Marshes" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was watching him all the time with her dark, dilated, inchoate eyes.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
His eyes glowed, his figure was dilated, his breath came thick and fast.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

In poetry:

He rises, dilating to break
The surface of stone with his forehead.
He is one I do not remember
Having ever seen in his life.
The ground I stand on is trembling
Upon his smile.
"The Lifeguard" by James Dickey
They have their griefs for guerdon, to dilate
Their name and glory; nay, the cross, the sword
Make them to be like saints or God adored;
And gladness greets them in the frowns of fate:
"Sonnet XI." by Tommaso Campanella
Ay, man is manly. Here you see
The warrior-carriage of the head,
And brave dilation of the frame;
And lighting all, the soul that led
In Spottsylvania's charge to victory,
Which justifies his fame.
"On The Photograph Of A Corps Commander" by Herman Melville
(Democracy! while weapons were everywhere aim'd at your breast,
I saw you serenely give birth to immortal children—saw in dreams
your dilating form;
Saw you with spreading mantle covering the world.)
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
"I lay my hand on her bosom,
My hand on the heart of my earth,
And I feel as with shiver and sob
The triumphant heart in her throb,
The dead petals dilate into blossom,
The divine blood beat into birth.
"Mentana : First Anniversary" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
His wings were dipped in violet fire,
His limbs were strung to holy desire.
He lowered his head and passed under the arch,
And the air seemed beating a solemn march.
The Virgin waited
With eyes dilated.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell

In news:

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2 Regarding our 27% spontaneous preterm birth rate in controls, we should emphasise that we did not exclude women with very short cervical lengths (only women who had cervical dilatation or visible membranes).
It provides optimal balloon dilatation and significantly lowers complications.
Shawn Fraley, 54, of Borger, was recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.
Ian Tizzard, PhD, Director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University, discusses the latest developments regarding Proventricular Dilatation Disease and its theoretical link to Avian Bornavirus.
Researchers Identify Virus Linked to Proventricular Dilatation Disease.
HOLLYWOOD — Dilated Pixels (www.dilatedpixels.net) served as the sole visual effects vendor on the new feature film, Sparkle, from Sony Pictures.
You Won't Be Disappointed In Wretched's New Video For " Dilated Disappointment".
The kidneys showed pelvicalyceal dilation , and there is also suggestion of ureteric as well as urethral (1) dilation .
Pupils dilate to indicate sexual interest.
Within the walls of the optometry schools, the very idea of not dilating a a patient is tantamount to blasphemy.
Once in the real world, however, many new ODs may be surprised by the number of eye exams performed without the use of dilating agents.
Michigan legislature set to vote on dilation and extraction abortion ban.
You Won't Be Disappointed In Wretched 's New Video For "Dilated Disappointment".

In science:

Then, the fol lowing are equivalent: (1) The boundary dilatation coefficient αh (p) < +∞. (2) There exist a (necessarily unique) point q ∈ ∂D and a number λ > 0 such that h(ED (p, R)) ⊆ ED (q , λR), for al l R > 0.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
The reason of the importance of boundary dilatation coefficients in iteration theory is that, while they give a global picture of the dynamics of a self-map of D , they can be easily computed as radial limits along any complex geodesic.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
We say that a point p ∈ ∂D is a boundary regular fixed point, BRFP for short, if h has non-tangential limit p at p and the boundary dilatation coefficient αh (p) < +∞. A BRFP with boundary dilatation coefficient ≤ 1 is also called a stationary point.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
In particular the map eρϕ ◦ h ◦ ϕ : D → D has BRFP at 1 with boundary dilatation coefficient αh (p).
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
Thus the classical Julia-Wolff-Carath´eodory theorem (see, e.g., ) implies that 1 is a BRFP for ζ 7→ eρϕ (h(ϕ(ζ ))) with boundary dilatation coefficient a < +∞.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains