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Dis*tend" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distended; p. pr. & vb. n. Distending.] [L. distendere, distentum, distensum; dis- + tendere to stretch, stretch out: cf. F. distendre to distend, détendre to unbend. See Tend, and cf. Detent.] 1. To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch. [R.]
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But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven
Distended as the brow of God appeased?
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2. 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.
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The warmth distends the chinks. Dryden.

Syn. -- To dilate; expand; enlarge; swell; inflate.
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Dis*tend", v. i. To become expanded or inflated; to swell.His heart distends with pride.” Milton.
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