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One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
  to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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  • One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
  • She remembered the distended bellies of the starving cows.
  • During laparoscopy carbon dioxide gas is injected into the abdominal cavity to distend it so that organs can be viewed more easily.
  • It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  A Study In Scarlet

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  • the hunger had caused excruciating spasms in his empty, distended stomach.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Other boys were appearing now, tiny tots some of them, brown, with the distended bellies of small savages.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He felt her belly, not through the shirt but under it, his fingertips cold and rough like bark on her distended skin.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He stood on the distended belly of the mule for a platform and made gestures.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Pitbulls rolled on their backs, the nipples of the females distended and dark, begging for their pups to come and suckle them, happy in the sun.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I hadn’t grasped how days could be at once long and short. Long, no doubt, as periods to live through, but so distended that they ended up by overlapping on each other.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • He will soon begin to gorge his prey, and slowly but surely it will disappear down that distended maw!
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "Give him air. He’s fainted."
    The ring of onlookers distended and closed again elastically.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • As Scabior said it, Harry’s scar, which was stretched tight across his distended forehead, burned savagely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • the dusty, heavily distended, black-tarred wineskin that hung neck down from the wall
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • She was misshapen; her belly, tight and heavy and distended, made it impossible for her to stand without supporting herself with her hands.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Dead dogs, cats and rats cluttered the roadside, or floated starkly on the waters with blown distended bellies.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • After forcing down three helpings, Charlie kicked his feet up on the spare chair and folded his hands contentedly across his distended stomach.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Would he lift the pole and pilfer the king’s chariot with his weapons, or take the life of still more Thracian men? His heart distended at the thought, when...
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Dan used the steak knives, darning needles, hair curlers, and nylon line, all properly sterilized, and removed an appendix distended and near to bursting.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • For, there was Bitzer, out of breath, his thin lips parted, his thin nostrils distended, his white eyelashes quivering, his colourless face more colourless than ever, as if he ran himself into a white heat, when other people ran themselves into a glow.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He was in trouble, his abdomen distended and his nose and ears hot.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Like a shark preparing to take bait, the goblin’s jaws distended.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • ...the eyelids, now more closely welded to the eyeball, now distended;
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • "Han," rasped Theresa then, eyes wide.
    Helen froze.
    The moment distended.
    [when Theresa awakened at the hospital]
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • She chewed quietly and steadily; at regular intervals a small distension passed smoothly down her throat.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • I don’t have a paunch, either. . . . . What I’ve got . . . I’ve got this little distension just below the belt . . . but it’s hard . . . It’s not soft flesh.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • In Cite Soleil, where people live in huts the size of outhouses with sewage creeping between their toes, a boy with a distended belly sits with the flies.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Her earlobes had been distended into weighted loops that swung around her neck, her earrings sitting in them like gleeful children in a merry-go-(not all the way)-round.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • At the second it was in position at the base of his tail, Richard Parker’s anus distended, and out of it, like a bubble-gum balloon, came a black sphere of excrement.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • His brow was furrowed, almost wrinkled, his jaw ropy and distended.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He appeared to be no more than thirty, but it was a hard thirty, his face haggard and his belly distended from too much partying.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Great distending clouds of chalk and earth and granite spout into the sky.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In the distended belly of the squat human figure halfway down the stick the special fetish was thought to be lodged.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Not knowing what to do with it, but trying to avoid the extremes of gaucherie, I had arranged it and me on the blanket in a nonchalant posture—or as nonchalant as possible in my fit of ague—with my distended part concealed beneath my forearm; the attempt was unsuccessful, it flopped into view just before she flopped down beside me, and we rolled like dolphins into each other’s arms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She drew in her breath sharply then, and put both hands on her distended abdomen.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The eerie phone conversation had left him feeling turgid . distended somehow.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It was Belle Watling and Scarlett had a glimpse of nostrils distended with dislike before she disappeared again.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Beneath their pierced, distended earlobes there dangled strings of beads made from bone.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It has disappeared; the open spots change place, the sombre folds advance and retreat, a sort of wind from the sepulchre pushes forward, hurls back, distends, and disperses these tragic multitudes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Carrie looked at him a moment, her eyes distending.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But made into a gruel it allayed the children’s craving for a time and put something into their distended, empty bellies.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Mr. Bumble, who had not yet been admitted by his better half into any greater share of the secret than he had originally possessed, listened to this dialogue with outstretched neck and distended eyes: which he directed towards his wife and Monks, by turns, in undisguised astonishment; increased, if possible, when the latter sternly demanded, what sum was required for the disclosure.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Marguerite’s gaze rested for an instant on the brilliant, silvery waters; and as she gazed, her heart, which had been numb with pain for all these hours, seemed to soften and distend, and her eyes filled with hot tears: not three miles away, with white sails set, a graceful schooner lay in wait.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But this could not explain the clear distension of the lungs, which had to have been caused by the pressure of the sea, and so he revised his initial hypothesis and entered in his final report that the salt water swallowed by Alec Vilderling had been absorbed into his bloodstream while he yet lived.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • His round, bullet head, large, light-gray eyes, with their shaggy, sandy eyebrows, and stiff, wiry, sun-burned hair, were rather unprepossessing items, it is to be confessed; his large, coarse mouth was distended with tobacco, the juice of which, from time to time, he ejected from him with great decision and explosive force; his hands were immensely large, hairy, sun-burned, freckled, and very dirty, and garnished with long nails, in a very foul condition.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But my mind, strained by this foreboding, distended like the look which I shot at my mother, would not allow any other impression to enter.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • —When the nostril shall be distended, the mouth agape, the eyes fixed and bloodshot; and when the proud and noble knight may be trodden on by the lowest caitiff of this accursed castle, yet stir not when the heel is lifted up against him!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Yet, in a moment, he somehow knew from the sound of that storm which rose so painfully in him now, which laid waste?forever??the strange, yet comforting landscape of his mind, that the hand of God would surely lead him into this staring, waiting mouth, these distended jaws, this hot breath as of fire.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • His eyes opened with that anxious, distended gaze which is apt to accompany the passage of a soul surprised by death, and he seemed disposed to speak.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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