dilation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dilate +‎ -ion, late 16th c.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /daɪˈleɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

dilation (countable and uncountable, plural dilations)

  1. The act of dilating.
  2. State of being dilated; expansion; dilatation.
    Synonyms: expansion, dilatation
  3. (obsolete) Delay.
    Synonyms: cunctation, hold-up; see also Thesaurus:delay
    • 1612–1626, [Joseph Hall], “(please specify the page)”, in [Contemplations vpon the Principall Passages of the Holy Storie], volume (please specify |volume=II, V, or VI), London, OCLC 54134621:
      The wise queen, however she might seem to have a fair opportunity offered to her suit, finds it not good to apprehend it too suddenly; as desiring by this small dilation to prepare the ear and heart of the king for so important a request
  4. (mathematics) In morphology, a basic operation (denoted ⊕) that usually uses a structuring element for probing and expanding the shapes contained in the input image.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin dīlātiō.

Noun[edit]

dilation f (oblique plural dilations, nominative singular dilation, nominative plural dilations)

  1. dissemination; spreading (of rumors, stories, etc.)