Definition of expanded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspandɪd/


1Being or having been enlarged or extended, in particular:
Example sentences
  • The individual was able to interface with an enlarged public and an expanded dialogical space emerged.
  • Other enthusiasts are looking forward to extending the line west, to offer passengers an expanded service.
  • As well as the expanded garden centre, the firm have also applied to extend and slightly alter an approved restaurant unit at the park.
1.1Denoting materials which have a light cellular structure: expanded polystyrene
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  • Polystyrene can be physically modified into expanded polystyrene which is an ideal packaging and insulation material.
  • Finally, many forms of silt derive from the wreck itself, including rust particles, carpet fibres, coal dust, hardboard, wood and expanded foam panels, and oil/fuel residues.
  • I used to make an ersatz napalm with petrol and expanded polystyrene foam.
1.2Denoting sheet metal slit and stretched into a mesh, used to reinforce concrete and other brittle materials: the curved soffit is finished with a strip of expanded metal mesh
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  • The aluminium expanded mesh panels are simultaneously ambiguous and precise.
  • The wear liner employs a mechanical bond in the form of an expanded metal mesh that is welded onto the inner steel surface to be protected.
  • The company offers prefabricated panels with expanded zinc sheets inside to protect concrete piers in saltwater.
1.3Relatively broad in shape: the expanded fins of the ray
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  • Distally expanded or paddle shaped geometries characteristic of rowing appendages are found in crustaceans, insects, teleosts, and tetrapods.
  • It is also accurately descriptive of the projectile's expanded shape.
  • It has an expanded head with a broad articular surface which articulates with the tibial condyle of the femur.

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