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Meaning of EXPANSION

Pronunciation:  ik'spanshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of increasing in size or volume or quantity or scope
  2. [n]  adding information or detail
  3. [n]  a discussion that provides additional information

EXPANSION is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: elaboration, enlargement, enlargement, expanding upon
 See Also: amplification, annotating, annotation, dilatation, dilation, discourse, discussion, distension, distention, elaboration, embellishment, embroidery, expatiation, extension, increase, inflation, magnification, step-up, stretching, subjoining, subjunction, supplementation, treatment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*pan"sion\, n. [L. expansio: cf. F. expansion.]
1. The act of expanding or spreading out; the condition of
   being expanded; dilation; enlargement.

2. That which is expanded; expanse; extend surface; as, the
   expansion of a sheet or of a lake; the expansion was
   formed of metal.

         The starred expansion of the skies.   --Beattie.

3. Space through which anything is expanded; also, pure

         Lost in expansion, void and infinite. --Blackmore.

4. (Com.) Enlargement or extension of business transactions;
   esp., increase of the circulation of bank notes.

5. (Math.) The developed result of an indicated operation;
   as, the expansion of (a + b)^{2} is a^{2} + 2ab + b^{2}.

6. (Steam Engine) The operation of steam in a cylinder after
   its communication with the boiler has been cut off, by
   which it continues to exert pressure upon the moving

7. (Nav. Arch.) The enlargement of the ship mathematically
   from a model or drawing to the full or building size, in
   the process of construction. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Note: Expansion is also used adjectively, as in expansion
      joint, expansion gear, etc.

{Expansion curve}, a curve the co["o]rdinates of which show
   the relation between the pressure and volume of expanding
   gas or vapor; esp. (Steam engine), that part of an
   indicator diagram which shows the declining pressure of
   the steam as it expands in the cylinder.

{Expansion gear} (Steam Engine). a cut-off gear. See Illust.
   of {Link motion}.

{Automatic expansion gear} or {cut-off}, one that is
   regulated by the governor, and varies the supply of steam
   to the engine with the demand for power.

{Fixed expansion gear}, or {Fixed cut-off}, one that always
   operates at the same fixed point of the stroke.

{Expansion joint}, or {Expansion coupling} (Mech. & Engin.),
   a yielding joint or coupling for so uniting parts of a
   machine or structure that expansion, as by heat, is
   prevented from causing injurious strains; as by heat, is
   prevented from causing injurious strains; as:
   (a) A side or set of rollers, at the end of bridge truss,
       to support it but allow end play.
   (b) A telescopic joint in a steam pipe, to permit one part
       of the pipe to slide within the other.
   (c) A clamp for holding a locomotive frame to the boiler
       while allowing lengthwise motion.

{Expansion valve} (Steam Engine), a cut-off valve, to shut
   off steam from the cylinder before the end of each stroke.

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