Sentence: They walked as if they were hunchbacked, and wore fashion that distended, padded and pulled the body out of proportion, with coats cropped under the chest in front and rears almost brushing the floor. They looked incredible. Or as the French christened them, Incroyable. (Source: www.nytimes.com)
Meaning: Swell out or expand due to pressure from the inside
How To Remember?
The “Dis-” of “Distend” should remind you of “distance” while the “-tend” part should remind you of “extend“. So, the distance is extended but in the inside.
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[Check out this Italian Tree Frog with a distended vocal sac. How cool is that!]
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