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distend

[ dih-stend ]SEE DEFINITION OF distend

Synonyms for distend

  • amplify
  • augment
  • balloon
  • bloat
  • dilate
  • distort
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • increase
  • inflate
  • lengthen
  • puff
  • stretch
  • widen
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Antonyms for distend

  • abbreviate
  • abridge
  • compress
  • condense
  • contract
  • curtail
  • decrease
  • deflate
  • diminish
  • lessen
  • lower
  • reduce
  • shorten
  • shrink
  • cave in
  • fall
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTEND

You will find it impossible to breathe, for the muscles of your chest will distend the ribs.

All the blood in him seemed to rush to his head and distend the veins there.

To distend is to stretch apart or spread in all directions; to dilate, to expand.

Furl—To roll up and make sails fast so that the wind cannot distend them.

He could talk now, could distend his nerves in the warm air of her sympathy.

In the dried or ripe state they are rather difficult of digestion, and very apt to distend the stomach and intestines with wind.

It does not distend the stomach properly, nor call into use its ruminating habits.

This, though not agreeable to the mind, served to distend the body.

Why do connoisseurs of wines close their mouths and distend their chins for a few seconds, when tasting wines?

The chivalrous sentiments of war fire his eye, distend his breast, and give erectness to his figure.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Latin distendere "to swell or stretch out, extend," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Distended; distending.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DISTEND

balloon

verbbillow out; bloat
  • belly
  • blow up
  • bulge
  • dilate
  • distend
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • inflate
  • puff out
  • swell

bloat

verbblow up like a balloon
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