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boom1 a period of rapid development or expansion in a particular sphere. [1/7 definitions]
containment a government policy, enacted in a variety of ways, that is intended to curb the territorial growth, economic expansion, or ideological influence of a hostile nation. [1/3 definitions]
diastole in physiology, the normal rhythmic expansion of the heart chambers, during which the chambers fill with blood. (Cf. systole.)
enlargement the act or result of enlarging; increase; expansion. [1/3 definitions]
expanse degree or amount of expansion. [1/2 definitions]
expansive causing or creating expansion. [1/4 definitions]
explode to release energy forcefully with noise, heat, and the violent expansion of gases, because of rapid chemical change or sudden violent impact. [1/6 definitions]
flow a smooth, steady outpouring or expansion, such as a tide or steady bleeding. [1/8 definitions]
Gemara the second part of the Talmud that contains an expansion of and comments on the Mishnah.
Gilded Age in U.S. history, the post-Civil War era, characterized by rapid industrialization, economic expansion, and widespread corruption in business and government.
heartbeat a single expansion and contraction of a heart.
inflationist one who advocates inflation through the expansion of the money supply. [1/2 definitions]
Lebensraum space for living (German); additional land or territory desired by a nation for its political and economic expansion.
Manifest Destiny the nineteenth century belief that justified American imperialistic expansion by asserting that it was the destiny and duty of the United States to expand its territory throughout North America.
overexpansion combined form of expansion.
population explosion a great expansion in a biological population, esp. of humans in the twentieth century, resulting from a continued high birth rate combined with a decrease in child mortality and an increase in longevity.
realpolitik (sometimes cap.) politics or national policy governed by principles of power, expansion, and expediency rather than by ideals or ethics.
systaltic characterized by an alternating expansion and contraction, as the muscular activity of the heart; pulsating.
thunder the loud explosive noise or low distant rumble produced by the rapid expansion of gases along the path of a lightning discharge. [1/7 definitions]
vermiculite a highly water-absorbent mineral produced by the heating and expansion of grains of mica, used as a heat insulation and a potting medium for plants.