dilation

[ dahy-ley-shuh n, di- ]SEE DEFINITION OF dilation

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White is produced by the dilation, black by the contraction, of the particles of sight.

The eyes of Ian surpassed those of Victor in the matter of dilation.

Thank Heaven, there is yet no dilation of the pupil; it is not too late!

During this operation they continue for a time to increase in size, in consequence of the dilation of the pent-up gas by the heat.

It was a sort of dilation of unshed tears, and yet they were not wet.

After all, the colony would be but "an extension or dilation of the realm of England."

Even in the short moment of dilation the fluoros had given him a headache.

A formidable condensation, awaiting the gigantic hour of dilation!

Systole and diastole, the contraction and dilation of the heart and arteries.

But the violet of her eyes was all but hidden by the dilation of her pupils.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, formed from dilate on the mistaken assumption that the -ate in that word was the Latin verbal suffix (it is instead part of the stem); the proper form, dilatation, is older (c.1400).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DILATION

bulge

nounswollen object
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