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  • adj. Having the outer edge prominent; said of the wings of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the outer edge prominent; said of the wings of insects.
  • transitive v. To enlarge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make greater or more ample; enlarge; extend.
  • Enlarged; dilated; in logic, enlarged in scope by a modifying term. See ampliation, ampliative.


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  • Just as the past tense ampliates the subject to include past as well as present supposita, modal verbs ampliate the subject to possible supposita, as do verbs such as ‘I understand’, ‘I believe’, and indeed, notes Albert of Saxony, verbal nouns ending in ‘-bile’: ‘possible’, ‘audible’, ‘credible’, ‘capable of laughter’ and so on.

    Medieval Theories: Properties of Terms

  • Similarly, ‘must’ ampliates for possible supposita, for ‘A must be B’ means ‘It is not possible that A not be B’; but contradictories must clearly ampliate in the same way, and ‘It is possible that A not be B’ ampliates for possibilia.

    Medieval Theories: Properties of Terms

  • The freshest specimens have the griseous margin of the elytra, which parts from the base under the shoulder, obliquely and angularly ampliate interiorly towards the middle, where it reaches the second stria.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Some others would ampliate and enrich their native tongue with more vocables, which also I commend, if it be aptly and wittily assayed.

    Early Theories of Translation

  • And shall only take notice of such whose experimental and judicious knowledge shall be employed, not to traduce or extenuate, but to explain and dilucidate, to add and ampliate, according to the laudable custom of the ancients in their sober promotions of learning.

    Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici' an Appreciation


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