AskDefine | Define distend

Dictionary Definition



1 become wider; "His pupils were dilated" [syn: dilate]
2 cause to expand as it by internal pressure; "The gas distended the animal's body"
3 swell from or as if from internal pressure; "The distended bellies of the starving cows"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To extend or expand, as from internal pressure; to swell

Extensive Definition

Distension generally refers to an enlargement or ballooning effect:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, bag, balloon, belly, belly out, bilge, billow, bloat, blow up, bouge, broaden, bug, build, build up, bulge, bulk, bulk out, crescendo, develop, dilate, enlarge, expand, extend, fill out, goggle, greaten, hike, hike up, huff, increase, inflate, lengthen, magnify, pooch, pop, pouch, pout, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, raise, rarefy, round out, snowball, stretch, sufflate, swell, swell out, tumefy, up, widen
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