from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Growth resulting from increase in cell size without cell division.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Extreme hyperbole.
- n. Arranging words or clauses in a sequence of increasing force.
- n. Amplification in any form.
- n. The growth of an organism without cell division
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which a grave and magnificent word is put for the proper word; amplification; hyperbole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, amplification; exaggeration; hyperbole; the use of a more unusual and high-sounding word for the ordinary and proper word.
- n. In mathematics, the ratio in which the element of a figure has to be magnified to make it conform to the corresponding element of a conformable figure.
- n. In botany, the method of increase in size of the valves of diatoms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. growth from increase in cell size without cell division
Greek auxēsis, growth, from auxanein, auxē-, to grow; see aug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek αὐξάνειν (auxanein, "to grow"). (Wiktionary)