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 (dī-lāt′, dī′lāt′)
v. di·lat·ed, di·lat·ing, di·lates
To make wider or larger; cause to expand.
1. To become wider or larger; expand.
2. To speak or write at great length on a subject; expatiate.

[Middle English dilaten, from Old French dilater, from Latin dīlātāre, to enlarge : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lātus, wide.]

di·lat′a·bil′i·ty n.
di·lat′a·ble adj.
di·lat′a·bly adv.
di·la′tive adj.
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We found that the EG prepared with [H.sub.2]S[O.sub.4] as main intercalator and STPP as assistant intercalator shows improved dilatability and reduced suffer content [35].
Where k is the permeability of fractured rock mass; [k.sub.0] is the permeability at the minor principal stress [[sigma].sub.3] = 0, and parameter [gamma] characterizes dilatability of inter-connected fractures.
Anorthite has been used in ceramics because of its high mechanical strength, dilatability, and low sintering temperature [14, 15].