(Dil`a*ta"tion) n. [OE. dilatacioun, F. dilatation, L. dilatatio, fr. dilatare. See Dilate, and cf.
1. Prolixity; diffuse discourse. [Obs.] "What needeth greater dilatation?" Chaucer.
2. The act of dilating; expansion; an enlarging on al sides; the state of being dilated; dilation.
3. (Anat.) A dilation or enlargement of a canal or other organ.
(||Dil`a*ta"tor) n. [NL. Cf. L. dilatator a propagator.] (Anat.) A muscle which dilates any part; a
(Di*late") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dilated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dilating ] [L. dilatare; either fr. di- =
dis- + latus wide, not the same word as latus, used as p. p. of ferre to bear (see Latitude); or fr. dilatus,
used as p. p. of differre to separate (see Delay, Tolerate, Differ, and cf. Dilatory): cf. F. dilater.]
1. To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; to swell; opposed to contract; as, the air
dilates the lungs; air is dilated by increase of heat.
2. To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely. [R.]
Do me the favor to dilate at fullShak.
What hath befallen of them and thee till now.
Syn. To expand; swell; distend; enlarge; spread out; amplify; expatiate.
(Di*late"), v. i.
1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions.
His heart dilates and glories in his strength.Addison.
2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; with on or upon.
But still on their ancient joys dilate.Crabbe.
(Di*late"), a. Extensive; expanded. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
1. Expanded; enlarged. Shak.
2. (Bot.) Widening into a lamina or into lateral winglike appendages.
3. (Zoöl.) Having the margin wide and spreading.
(Di*lat"ed*ly), adv. In a dilated manner. Feltham.
(Di*lat"er) n. One who, or that which, dilates, expands, or enlarges.
(Di*la"tion) n. [L. dilatio. See Dilatory.] Delay. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(Di*la"tion), n. [From dilate, v., cf. Dilatation, Dilator.] The act of dilating, or the state of
being dilated; expansion; dilatation. Mrs. Browning.
At first her eye with slow dilation rolled.Tennyson.
A gigantic dilation of the hateful figure.Dickens.