• Dragon-fly emerged, wings expanding
    Dragon-fly emerged, wings expanding
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expand become larger in size or volume or quantity "his business expanded rapidly"
    • v expand exaggerate or make bigger "The charges were inflated"
    • v expand grow vigorously "The deer population in this town is thriving","business is booming"
    • v expand expand the influence of "The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"
    • v expand make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity "expand the house by adding another wing"
    • v expand 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"
    • v expand extend in one or more directions "The dough expands"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Water expands 9% when it is frozen
    • v. i Expand To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.
    • Expand To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; -- opposed to contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence.
    • Expand To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves. "Then with expanded wings he steers his flight."
    • Expand (Math) To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
    • expand To spread or stretch out; unfold; display.
    • expand To increase in extent, size, bulk, or amount; inflate; distend; extend: as, to expand the chest by inspiration; heat expands all bodies.
    • expand Hence To make broader in scope or more comprehensive: as, to expand the heart or affections, or the sphere of benevolence.
    • expand To swell, blow up, fill, fill out, increase.
    • expand To open out; become unfolded, spread out, or displayed.
    • expand To increase in extent, size, bulk, amount, etc.; become dilated, distended, or enlarged.
    • expand In zoology, to spread over a certain space: used in stating the distance from tip to tip of outspread wings—in the case of insects, of anterior wings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sahara Desert expands at a rate of about 1 km each month.
    • v.t Expand eks-pand′ to spread out: to lay open: to enlarge in bulk or surface: to develop, or bring out in fuller detail
    • v.i Expand to become opened: to enlarge
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  • Stephen R. Covey
    “If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
  • Barry J. Farber
    Barry J. Farber
    “Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Great men are little men expanded; great lives are ordinary lives intensified.”
  • E.R. Hazlip
    E.R. Hazlip
    “Friendship is a horizon -- which expands whenever we approach it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expandere, expansum,; ex, out + pandere, to spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent,. Cf. Spawn


In literature:

He felt his years increase suddenly and his figure expand with equal abruptness.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He felt all the excitement of expanding experience and advancing manhood.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
The wigs of the Judges seem to have been growing during the long vacation, and to have expanded into an ampler wisdom.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
They seemed to expand, grow larger; they seemed to fill all the sky.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
Above, it expands into a broad, leaf-like frond, which in some species is divided into strips.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Below the falls the river expands, sometimes to as much as two miles in breadth.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The rocks about him were expanding enormously.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Group life expanded and institutions became fixed.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
But, once out of sight, she threw off the mask and expanded with insolent triumph.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
The expanding of the chest causes greater room in the thoracic chamber and breath flows in naturally.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry

In poetry:

O happy hours within these walls,
But happier far to me
Is the expanded mind which calls
Deep thought, best liberty.
"My Room In Boyhood's Days" by Jared Barhite
No flower-bells that expand and shrink
Gleam half so heavenly sweet
As shine on life's untrodden brink
A baby's feet.
"Etude Realiste" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The holy task of training mind
Is not a trivial thing,
Its influence lives, grows and expands
Till harvest it shall bring.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
CELESTIAL guest whose holy touch,
True beauty can bestow;
From thee youth's sweet expanding flower,
Receives its finest glow.
"To Modesty" by Elizabeth Bath
Was it the lifting of that eye,
The waving of that pictured hand?
Loose as a cloud-wreath on the sky,
I saw the walls expand.
"Raphael" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One must expand one's heart with praise,
And make the memory secure
Of sunshine and the woodland days
And summer twilights pure.
"To ----" by George MacDonald

In news:

A year after purchasing WebMD's The Little Blue Book, a referral directory for docs, mdHub changed its name to HCPlexus, and expanded its offerings to.
Air-Weigh is expanding its on-board scale product family with the addition of a new entry-level weighing system.
Expand your exercise toolbox with fresh ideas for studio classes and personal training sessions.
New Yorkers flock to Chef Laurent Tourondel's wide-ranging BLT restaurants and his expanded, new "LT" brand.
The field of eight entries may expand or could take on a different look should the race come off the turf and be run on the main track.
Sebastián Obermaier came to Bolivia 32 years ago as a missionary priest, then expanded his work to health care, schools, and shelters.
Michael Fitzgerald E-mail Twitter Freelance Directory Profile Bio (click to expand).
Kentucky-based Commonwealth Brands Inc has announced plans to "significantly expand" its US sales force.
Talks about her support for expanding gambling in Maryland during an outing to National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.
Bonefish , Carrabba's set to expand.
Topping tech headlines Monday, Amazon is reportedly prepping an expanded tablet lineup that could include up to five or six new devices, according to a Staples executive.
GREENFIELD — In the age of digital e-readers, which allow you to tap a screen and upload a 400-page book within seconds, one small, local bookstore has found a way to expand.
Qwest's MCI Bid Born of Need to Expand Its Base.
Expanding its FreeSpace line, Bose introduces the DS 100SE surface-mount and DS 100F flush-mount loudspeakers.
We are extremely disappointed with the lifting of the injunction on the expanded bottle bill provisions.

In science:

The spectral determinant is expressed in terms of the traces of the Frobenius-Perron operator Tr P n as d(z ) = Q∞ n=1 exp (cid:0)− zn n Tr P n(cid:1) and subsequently expanded as a finite polynomial up to some order nmax .
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The upper graph of fig.(5) shows the simulated stored power of a cavity with F = 3500, expanding at a rate 10λ/s.
Finesse and mirror speed measurement for a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity using the ringing effect
The effective partition function can be expanded in a power series in m as well.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In this range, the U fields can be expanded to second order in the pion fields, and the spectral mass dependence of the chiral condensate can be obtained to one loop order.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This remains true as the atmosphere expands, since a rigidly rotating spherical shell stays rigidly rotating as it expands outwards (because the fractional change in the distance from the rotation axis is the same for all latitudes).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts