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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n expatiation a discussion (spoken or written) that enlarges on a topic or theme at length or in detail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Expatiation Act of expatiating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n expatiation The act of expatiating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Expatiation act of expatiating or enlarging in discourse
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exspatiāri, -ātusex, out of, spatiāri, to roam—spatium, space.


In literature:

She explained everything, expatiated upon the beauty and usefulness of everything.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
His dogmatizing and theorizing expatiate not on the way he works in either art, but on the propriety of combining the two.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
He expatiates on her deportment, her grace, her courtesy, her reserve, and her modesty.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
I might have known Paul wasn't likely to be expatiating on himself.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
The office of expatiating on the guilt of his old friends he had left to St. Just.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I will not shock you by expatiating upon it.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
To expatiate on the absolute necessity of the lady's horse being safe on his limbs, would be needless.
"The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual" by Anonymous
Let us not, therefore, expatiate further upon it.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
You'll give me Leave, Sir, to expatiate a little upon this Head, and illustrate my Meaning in a Character or two, which I am going to draw.
"A Letter to Dion" by Bernard Mandeville
But I need not expatiate.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
On this same St. Peter here expatiates.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
People are very apt to expatiate on the delights of autumn, its mellow beauty, pensive charms, and suchlike.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
The inevitable monotony of the panegyrics on Honorius is relieved by just and brilliant expatiation on the duties of a sovereign.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Sir, I might stand here for hours and hours and expatiate with rapture upon the gorgeous prospects of Duluth as depicted upon this map.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4" by Various
Lethierry no longer replying, Doctor Herode expatiated freely.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
They expatiated on the way that the boy had come to be in his present serious condition.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Her intellect had not offended, and that was left free to work, to expatiate, to enjoy.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
Not even to Lucy could she expatiate with a certainty of sympathy in regard to the Angel of Light.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
The faculty of expatiation is the possession of transcendent supremacy even when such organs are not employed.
"The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha" by Madhava Acharya
Throughout the walk he expatiated on Montenegro and the joys of living under the government of the Prince; so good, so just.
"Through the Land of the Serb" by Mary Edith Durham

In news:

"Expatiate" for purposes of IRC § 877A(a)(1) includes a US citizen who has committed one of the following expatriating acts with intent to relinquish US citizenship.
Curiously, Clare Dunne, who plays both a gun-toting, IRA-style Octavius and Brutus's wife, Portia, expatiating on the diminished role of women, was better as the man.

In science:

Brignall, Ru ˇskuc, and Vatter apply Theorem 4.5 to show that it is possible to decide whether or not a permutation class contains only finitely many simple permutations, and expatiate upon Lemma 4.3, showing that every long simple permutation contains either a long alternation or a long “oscillation”.
Decomposing simple permutations, with enumerative consequences
Then we expatiate on the particularities that we have had to devise to adapt it to our problem, the most important being the choice of the form of the functions that give rise to the sought-after excitation operators.
Plasmons in simple-metal slabs: a semiclassical approach
For this reason we take a few paragraphs to expatiate on some of their key points.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology