expand: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ik-spand'), [key]
- to increase in extent, size, volume, scope, etc.: Heat expands most metals. He hopes to expand his company.
- to spread or stretch out; unfold: A bird expands its wings.
- to express in fuller form or greater detail; develop: to expand a short story into a novel.
- to expand a function in a power series.
- to write (a mathematical expression) so as to show the products of its factors. Cf. factor (def. 10).
- to rewrite (a mathematical expression) as a sum, product, etc., of terms of a particular kind:to expand a function in a power series.
- to increase or grow in extent, bulk, scope, etc.: Most metals expand with heat. The mind expands with experience.
- to spread out; unfold; develop: The buds had not yet expanded.
- to express something more fully or in greater detail (usually fol. by on or upon): to expand on a statement.
- expand (Thesaurus)