dilate

[ US /ˌdaɪˈɫeɪt/ ]
[ UK /da‍ɪlˈe‍ɪt/ ]
VERB
  1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation
  2. become wider
    His pupils were dilated
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How To Use dilate In A Sentence

  • Some of the larger dilated channels exhibit abortive fibrous tufts, which are slender and poorly cellular.
  • With her pupils dilated to blackness, and spitting vituperation in all directions, the very last thing she seems is sane.
  • _Phyllocactus_ in having the branches dilated into the form of fleshy leaves, but differ in haying them divided into short truncate leaf-like portions, which are articulated, that is to say, provided with a joint by which they separate spontaneously; the margins are crenate or dentate, and the flowers, which are large and showy, magenta or crimson, appear at the apex of the terminal joints. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"
  • The nephrogram has a streaky and striated appearance reflecting stasis of contrast in the dilated collecting tubules which can be prolonged for days after the IVP.
  • Severe vomiting, diarrhoea, rectal tenesmus: unable to keep standing, she urinates under herself; the pupils are dilated, the eyes haggard; complete mind-blindness, near-total failure of reflexes, deep unconsciousness, breathing dyspneic, heart-beat faint and very fast, pulse barely perceptible; dead in thirty-six hours. Charles Richet - Nobel Lecture
  • There is also a swifter motion of a different sort of fire which strikes and dilates the ray of sight until it reaches the eyes, forcing a way through their passages and melting them, and eliciting from them a union of fire and water which we call tears, being itself an opposite fire which comes to them from an opposite direction — the inner fire flashes forth like lightning, and the outer finds a way in and is extinguished in the moisture, and all sorts of colours are generated by the mixture. Timaeus
  • Still Galen appears by this experiment to prove both that the pulsative property extends from the heart by the walls of the arteries, and that the arteries, whilst they dilate, are filled by that pulsific force, because they expand like bellows, and do not dilate as if they are filled like skins. Introduction
  • Your eye doctor usually uses special eyedrops to dilate your pupils, opening them wider so he or she can see the back part of your eye.
  • She could hardly bear to look on the livid face, the closed eyes, the thin dilated nostrils, and the painful expression of powerlessness that met her sight. The Semi-Attached Couple
  • These drugs can slow the force of contraction of the heart and dilate the coronary arteries, thus reducing the demand for oxygen and increasing supply to the heart.
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