dilatant[dī lāt′'nt, də-]
- dilating or tending to dilate
- expanding in bulk when the shape is changed: said of masses of certain granular substances
- becoming solid, or setting, under pressure, as certain colloidal solutions
Origin: L dilatans, prp. of dilatare: see dilate
- dilatancy noun
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- Tending to dilate; dilating.
- Exhibiting dilatancy.