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Definition of "intumesce" []

  • To swell or expand; enlarge. (verb-intransitive)
  • To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "intumesce" in a sentence
  • "The first two are evident, as when it fuses it runs into a globule; the last, by inspecting it before and after the heating with a magnifying glass; sometimes it froths up when heated, and is then said to "intumesce;" or, if it flies to fragments, "decrepitates.""
  • "Upon exposure to fire, the material begins to intumesce (expand rapidly) in response to heat by beginning a process of evaporative cooling and charring on the surface of the coating."
  • "I looked downbound at myself - but because it was so Stygian in m shack I could wager null another than the lightning gleaming cloth reaching from my intumesce button."