• WordNet 3.6
    • v distend swell from or as if from internal pressure "The distended bellies of the starving cows"
    • v distend cause to expand as it by internal pressure "The gas distended the animal's body"
    • v distend become wider "His pupils were dilated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Distend To become expanded or inflated; to swell. "His heart distends with pride."
    • Distend To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch. "But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven Distended as the brow of God appeased?"
    • Distend To stretch out or extend in all directions; to dilate; to enlarge, as by elasticity of parts; to inflate so as to produce tension; to cause to swell; as, to distend a bladder, the stomach, etc. "The warmth distends the chinks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distend To stretch or spread in all directions; dilate; expand; swell out; enlarge: as, to distend a bladder; to distend the lungs.
    • distend To stretch in any direction; extend.
    • distend To widen; spread apart.
    • distend To become distended; swell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Distend dis-tend′ to stretch in all directions: to swell
    • v.i Distend to swell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. distendere, distentum, distensum,; dis-, + tendere, to stretch, stretch out: cf. F. distendre, to distend, détendre, to unbend. See Tend, and cf. Detent


In literature:

The only motion that could be detected in the man was a slight action in his distended nostrils as he breathed gently.
"Silver Lake" by R.M. Ballantyne
This parachute was 34 feet in diameter, and was distended by a strong hoop to prevent its closing.
"Up in the Clouds" by R.M. Ballantyne
He seems to have the power of distending himself for the reception of a quantity that would kill a civilised man.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
These are fore-and-aft sails, which are kept distended by a sprit instead of a yard.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
Martin's head emerged first, with eyes and mouth distended to the utmost.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
She was seized by the nose and chin, as if she had been a horse, and made to distend her jaws even painfully.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
They shuddered, whinnied, glared with distended, bloodshot eyes.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
To begin with he distended himself so that he could not sink at all.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Yet the sails are distended, and miniature waves are thrown off from either side of the bow.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
The elastic bags were full and distended as the old Witch flopped them on to the floor.
"More Tales in the Land of Nursery Rhyme" by Ada M. Marzials

In poetry:

I well recall (and who does not)
The circus bill-board hippopotamus,
whose wide distended jaws
For fear and terror were good cause.
"Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels" by Ellis Parker Butler
Then between his jaws distended,
When his frantic struggles ended,
Through King Olaf's horn an adder,
Touched by fire, they forced to glide.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Now the damps they dispers'd, Anna saw on the stones
Her lover distended and ill;
A chain round his body contracted his bones,
And prevented his breathing at will.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
The conflict distended her innocent breast,
Half lifeless she sinks on Hermossan's strong arm;
To his heart he in wonder her innocence prest,
Not free, jealous honor! from thy rash alarm.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
On the sheep of thy pasture have pity, O Lord!
And take not the staff of our lives from our board,
Forgive us our sins, our vile manners amend,
And our joyless bosoms with comfort distend.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
The bolters sped downward, with nostrils distended,
She must get a pull on them ere they should reach
The fence on the hill, where the road had been
The blocks bit the wheels with a “sroope” and a screech;
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

At the neighborhood's gateway under the freeway, you'd be greeted by the distended beer tanks glistening inside Copper Tank Brewing Company.
Your chest may distend into a barrel-like shape.
On Monday, a distended storm system unloaded nearly a foot of rain in less than an hour over downtown Montreal.
How's the huge wad of Thanksgiving feel in that poor distended stomach of yours.
DAVID SIKES/CALLER-TIMES Notice the pelican with its bill pouch distended.
Its distended gut tells you the swim bladder is inflated, which prevents it from submerging and swimming to the depths.
The visual style is too forced and chicly distended to let the drama acquire much natural life of its own.
In the throes of creation, their cheeks may be distended or flushed and their eyes squeezed or closed, but they don't undergo a complete transformation.
When the skin becomes loose and distended, liposuction alone cannot achieve a good result.
That can cause the vein to distend or ache or hurt.

In science:

This very flat profile is suggestive of a disk but might also represent a distended envelope resulting from the merger.
LBQS 0103-2753: A Binary Quasar in a Major Merger
After a brief, intense, and optically obscured protostellar phase, newly formed stars emerge from their natal environments as relatively bright, distended ob jects undergoing gravitational contraction towards the main sequence.
Stellar evolution before the ZAMS