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EXPANSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expansion mean? 

EXPANSION (noun)
  The noun EXPANSION has 3 senses:

1. the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
2. a discussion that provides additional information
3. adding information or detail

  Familiarity information: EXPANSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPANSION (noun)


Sense 1expansion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

enlargement; expansion

Hypernyms ("expansion" is a kind of...):

increase; step-up (the act of increasing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expansion"):

dilatation; dilation (the act of expanding an aperture)

extension (act of expanding in scope; making more widely available)

magnification (the act of expanding something in apparent size)

inflation (the act of filling something with air)

stretching (act of expanding by lengthening or widening)

distension; distention (the act of expanding by pressure from within)

Antonym:

contraction (the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope)


Sense 2expansion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discussion that provides additional information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

expansion; elaboration; enlargement

Hypernyms ("expansion" is a kind of...):

discourse; discussion; treatment (an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expansion"):

expatiation (a discussion (spoken or written) that enlarges on a topic or theme at length or in detail)

embellishment; embroidery (elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail)


Sense 3expansion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adding information or detail

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

expanding upon; expansion

Hypernyms ("expansion" is a kind of...):

increase; step-up (the act of increasing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expansion"):

amplification; elaboration (addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail)

annotating; annotation (the act of adding notes)

subjoining; subjunction; supplementation (the act of supplementing)


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