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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ectasis dilatation or distension of a hollow organ
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ectasis (Pros) The lengthening of a syllable from short to long.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ectasis In anc. orthoëpy and prosody: The pronunciation of a vowel as long.
    • n ectasis The lengthening or protraction of a vowel usually short. See diastole.
    • n ectasis In ancient rhetoric: The use of a long vowel or syllable in a part of a clause or sentence where it will produce a special rhythmical effect.
    • n ectasis The use of a form of a word longer than that commonly employed. This is generally called paragoge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ectasis ek′ta-sis the pronunciation of a vowel as long.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; 'ek out + to stretch


In literature:

Standing in an ectasy before a great mirror, she was putting the last touches to her finery.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
It certainly was a beautiful sight, and the children exclaimed over it in ectasy.
"Among the Trees at Elmridge" by Ella Rodman Church
Signor Pasquale was in ectasies, was in the seventh heaven of delight.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
I did not hesitate; I saw that it was a dangerous case, something like a trance or an 'ectasis.
"Solomon" by Constance Fenimore Woolson

In poetry:

Flashed into splendour, and the sun leaped up
And all creation thrilled with joy new-born
Hailing Our risen Lord with ectasy
On that first Easter morn.
"Resurrection" by Alice Guerin Crist
But guard thee well young J--e: in his embrace
How many seal with death their ectasy!
Too deep, intense, and wild,
For one so late a child,
I fear me lest the proffered transport be
That every earthlier joy absorbent would efface.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks