di·​lat·​an·​cy dī-ˈlā-tᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce dilatancy (audio)
: the property of being dilatant

Examples of dilatancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reason for this is something called dilatancy of granular materials. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, 25 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dilatancy was in 1565

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“Dilatancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilatancy. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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