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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distended; p. pr. & vb. n. Distending.]
 1. To extend in some one direction; to lengthen out; to stretch. [R.]
 But say, what mean those colored streaks in heaven
 Distended as the brow of God appeased?   --Milton.
 2. To stretch out or extend in all directions; to dilate; to enlarge, as by elasticity of parts; to inflate so as to produce tension; to cause to swell; as, to distend a bladder, the stomach, etc.
    The warmth distends the chinks.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- To dilate; expand; enlarge; swell; inflate.