1 the act of expanding or the state of being expanded
2 something expanded; an expanded surface or part
3 the degree, extent, or amount by which something expands
4 an increase, enlargement, or development, esp. in the activities of a company
a the form of an expression or function when it is written as the sum or product of its terms
b the act or process of determining this expanded form
6 the part of an engine cycle in which the working fluid does useful work by increasing in volume
7 the increase in the dimensions of a body or substance when subjected to an increase in temperature, internal pressure, etc.
coefficient of expansion
n the amount of expansion (or contraction) per unit length of a material resulting from one degree change in temperature, (Also called)
n (Engineering) a loop in a pipe conveying hot fluid that provides flexibility which takes up thermal expansion and thus reduces temperature-induced stress in the pipe to an acceptable level
n a bolt that expands on tightening, enabling it to be secured into an unthreaded hole
n (Engineering) a gap in steel or concrete to allow for thermal expansion
n a physical electronic interface provided in a computer system to enable extra facilities to be added at a later date
triple expansion engine
n (formerly) a steam engine in which the steam is expanded in three stages in cylinders of increasing diameter to accommodate the increasing volume of the steam
Diccionario de inglés definición
amplification, augmentation, development, diffusion, dilatation, distension, enlargement, expanse, growth, increase, inflation, magnification, multiplication, opening out, spread, swelling, unfolding, unfurling
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