v. swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure
I can tell when he is under stress by the way the veins distend on his forehead.
Sentence in Classic:
For, there was Bitzer, out of breath, his thin lips parted, his thin nostrils distended, his white eyelashes quivering, his colourless face more colourless than ever, as if he ran himself into a white heat, when other people ran themselves into a glow.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
It was Belle Watling and Scarlett had a glimpse of nostrils distended with dislike before she disappeared again.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
It has disappeared; the open spots change place, the sombre folds advance and retreat, a sort of wind from the sepulchre pushes forward, hurls back, distends, and disperses these tragic multitudes.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context