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Definition become wider (bigger)

Much more rarely, dilate can mean to add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing.
  • Her pupils were dilated.
dilated = wider than normal (bigger)
  • Pupils dilate when someone looks at something they like.
  • dilate = become wider (bigger)
  • Pupils dilate in a dark room or under the influence of some drugs.
  • dilate = become wider (bigger)
  • They are measuring dilation in my arteries.
  • dilation = widening
  • Her eyes began slowly to dilate, and she shivered as though with cold.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • dilate = become wider (bigger)
  • "The pupils of his little eyes are not dilated," said Dr. Meescham.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • dilated = bigger than normal
  • "Dilated pupils," said Flora.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Her pupils dilated; her eyes drifted right, away from her family, then stopped like an elevator between floors.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Godfrey looked up at Nancy with a flushed face and smarting dilated eyes.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He noted the dilated pupils.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Digitalin is a heart medicine but it couldn't be Mrs Clapperton's because digitalin dilates the pupils of the eyes.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The Relativity time-dilation effect worked both ways, of course.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • The color vanishes from his face and I can actually see his pupils dilate in fear.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • An explosion of fireflies blossomed on the sky; the ferris wheel, exultant as a titanic fireworks, dilated above them.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • His eyes are like black pools, the pupils dilated so that the blue irises have all but vanished.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • As full understanding of what her mother said came home to Johnnie, her eyes dilated in her pale face.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • A.U. thirty-eight is dilating the nostrils.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Her eyes were red and bloated, without luster, and her pupils were dilated, which gave her a frightened, helpless look.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The god's huge eyes dilated.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • She looked at it and her pupils dilated, "Is-was sword destroy construct guard Egg?"
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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