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verb as in bulge, swell

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By the late eighties she called Aspen a golden goose and worried that it was dying, distended by the richness shoved down its throat.

They drink too much, their bellies distend, and most possess a predilection for siliconed blondes and themed belt buckles.

She was seized by the nose and chin, as if she had been a horse, and made to distend her jaws even painfully.

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

At times he would distend himself with pneumatic vestments in the rococo vein.

It may seem surprising that the discoverer of the venous return felt the need of a deus ex machina to distend the right auricle.

This loose skin, that is now so folded up under my beak that you can scarcely see it, I can distend into an enormous pouch.


On this page you'll find 68 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to distend, such as: amplify, augment, balloon, bloat, dilate, and distort.

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