dilatant[dī lāt′'nt, də-]
dilatant definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin dilatans, present participle of dilatare: see dilate
a thing that can dilate
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- dilatancy noun
dilatant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Tending to dilate; dilating.
- Exhibiting dilatancy.