The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

7 definitions found
 for inflate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inflate \In*flate"\, p. a. [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to
     inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See Blow to puff
     Blown in; inflated. --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inflate \In*flate"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Inflating.]
     1. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand;
        to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the
        [1913 Webster]
              When passion's tumults in the bosom rise,
              Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes. --J.
                                                    Scott of
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one
        with pride or vanity.
        [1913 Webster]
              Inflate themselves with some insane delight.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to
        inflate the currency.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inflate \In*flate"\, v. i.
     To expand; to fill; to distend.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
           [syn: inflate, blow up, expand, amplify]
      2: fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons" [syn: inflate,
         blow up] [ant: deflate]
      3: cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or
         credit; "The war inflated the economy" [ant: deflate]
      4: increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in
         value; "inflate the currency" [ant: deflate]
      5: become inflated; "The sails ballooned" [syn: balloon,
         inflate, billow]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  65 Moby Thesaurus words for "inflate":
     Barnumize, add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon, bloat,
     blow, blow up, bombast, boost, broaden, build, build up, bulk,
     bulk out, crescendo, develop, dilate, distend, enlarge, exaggerate,
     exalt, expand, extend, fatten, fill out, hike, hike up, huff,
     increase, jack up, jump up, lay it on, lengthen, magnify, maximize,
     overdevelop, overdistend, overdraw, overexpand, overextend,
     overstrain, overstretch, parlay, pile it on, pontificate, puff,
     puff up, pump, pump up, put up, pyramid, raise, rarefy, strain,
     stretch, sufflate, swell, talk big, talk highfalutin, thicken, up,
     vapor, widen

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      To decompress or puff a file. Rare among Internet hackers, used primarily
      by MS-DOS/Windows types.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  deflate compression
  deflate/inflate compression
      A compression standard derived
     from LZ77; it is reportedly used in zip, gzip, PKZIP,
     and png, among others.
     Unlike LZW, deflate compression does not use patented
     compression algorithms.
     Used as a verb to mean to compress (not decompress!) a file
     which has been compressed using deflate compression.  The
     opposite, inflate, means to decompress data which has been
     Deflate is described in RFC 1951.

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229