# Expansible vs. Expand — What's the Difference?

## Definitions

#### Expansible➦

That can expand or be expanded
An expansible antenna.

#### Expand➦

To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge
Expanded her store by adding a second room.

Expandable

#### Expand➦

To express at length or in detail; enlarge on
Expanded his remarks afterward.

#### Expansible➦

Capable of being expanded or spread out widely.
Bodies are not expansible in proportion to their weight.

#### Expand➦

To open (something) up or out; spread out
The bird expanded its wings and flew off.

#### Expansible➦

Able to expand or be expanded

#### Expand➦

(Mathematics) To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.

#### Expansible➦

(of gases) capable of expansion

#### Expand➦

To become greater in size, volume, quantity, or scope
Air expands when heated. This critic's influence is expanding.

#### Expand➦

To speak or write at length or in detail
Expand on a favorite topic.

#### Expand➦

To open up or out; unfold
The chair expands to form a daybed.

#### Expand➦

(transitive) To change (something) from a smaller form or size to a larger one; to spread out or lay open.
You can expand this compact umbrella to cover a large table.

#### Expand➦

(transitive) To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).
A flower expands its leaves.

#### Expand➦

(transitive) To express (something) at length and/or in detail.

#### Expand➦

To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
Use the binomial theorem to expand $\left\{\left(x+1\right)\right\}^4$.

#### Expand➦

To become, by rewriting, a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
The expression $\left\{\left(x+1\right)\right\}^4$ expands to $x^4 + 4x^3 + 6x^2 + 4x + 1$.

#### Expand➦

To multiply both the numerator and the denominator of a fraction by the same natural number yielding a fraction of equal value

#### Expand➦

(intransitive) To change or grow from smaller to larger in form, number, or size.
Many materials expand when heated.
This compact umbrella expands to cover a large table.

#### Expand➦

(intransitive) To increase in extent, number, volume or scope.

#### Expand➦

(intransitive) To speak or write at length or in detail.
He expanded on his plans for the business.

#### Expand➦

(intransitive) To feel generous or optimistic.

#### Expand➦

To lay open by extending; to open wide; to spread out; to diffuse; as, a flower expands its leaves.
Then with expanded wings he steers his flight.

#### Expand➦

To cause the particles or parts of to spread themselves or stand apart, thus increasing bulk without addition of substance; to make to occupy more space; to dilate; to distend; to extend every way; to enlarge; - opposed to contract; as, to expand the chest; heat expands all bodies; to expand the sphere of benevolence.

#### Expand➦

To state in enlarged form; to develop; as, to expand an equation. See Expansion, 5.

#### Expand➦

To become widely opened, spread apart, dilated, distended, or enlarged; as, flowers expand in the spring; metals expand by heat; the heart expands with joy.

#### Expand➦

Extend in one or more directions;
The dough expands

#### Expand➦

Become larger in size or volume or quantity;

#### Expand➦

Make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity;
Expand the house by adding another wing

#### Expand➦

Grow stronger;
The economy was booming

#### Expand➦

Exaggerate or make bigger;
The charges were inflated

#### Expand➦

Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing;
She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

#### Expand➦

Expand the influence of;
The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent