her nostrils dilated

enlarge, widen, expand, distend

Diane dilated on the joys of her married life

expatiate, expound, enlarge, elaborate, speak/write at length

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  • dilaté — dilaté, ée (di la té, tée) part. passé. 1°   Rendu plus ample, plus large. Un trajet fistuleux dilaté à l aide d une éponge préparée.    Terme de botanique. On nomme dilatée toute partie qui s élargit en lame, de la base vers le sommet.    Terme… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • dilaté — ⇒DILATÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de dilater. II. Adjectif A. [En parlant d un inanimé concr.; correspond à dilater A] Qui a augmenté de volume (sous l effet de la chaleur). Le son n est il pas une modification de l air, comprimé,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dilate — Di*late (?; 277), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dilate — Di*late , v. i. 1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions. [1913 Webster] His heart dilates and glories in his strength. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; with on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dilate — ► VERB 1) make or become wider, larger, or more open. 2) (dilate on) speak or write at length on. DERIVATIVES dilation noun. ORIGIN Latin dilatare spread out …   English terms dictionary

  • Dilate — Di*late , a. Extensive; expanded. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dilate — index compound, declaim, discourse, enlarge, expand, extend (enlarge), increase, inflate …   Law dictionary

  • dilate — late 14c., from O.Fr. dilater, from L.L. dilatare make wider, enlarge, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + latus wide (see LATITUDE (Cf. latitude)). Related: Dilated; dilating …   Etymology dictionary

  • dilate — 1 *discourse, expatiate, descant Analogous words: *relate, recount, rehearse, recite, narrate, describe: expound, *explain: *discuss, argue 2 *expand, distend, swell, amplify, inf …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dilate — [v] stretch, widen amplify, augment, be profuse, be prolix, broaden, develop, distend, enlarge, expand, expatiate, expound, extend, increase, inflate, lengthen, prolong, protract, puff out, spin off, swell; concept 57 Ant. compress, constrict,… …   New thesaurus

  • dilaté — Dilaté, [dilat]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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