Hypertext Webster Gateway: "expand"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Expand \Ex*pand"\, v. i.
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. --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Expand \Ex*pand"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expanded}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Expanding}.] [L. expandere, expansum; ex out + pandere to
spread out, to throw open; perh. akin to E. patent. Cf.
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. (Math.) To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to
expand an equation. See {Expansion}, 5.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: extend in one or more directions; "The dough expands" [syn:
{spread out}]
2: become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business
expanded rapidly"; "The bag will expand when pressure is
3: make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand
the house by adding another wing"
4: grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: {boom}, {prosper},
{thrive}, {get ahead}, {flourish}]
5: exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn:
{inflate}, {blow up}, {amplify}]
6: add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning
of; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
[syn: {elaborate}, {expatiate}, {exposit}, {enlarge}, {flesh
out}, {expound}, {dilate}]
7: expand the influence of; "The King extended his rule to the
Eastern part of the continent" [syn: {extend}]

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