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inflate vt.

To decompress or puff a file. Rare among Internet hackers, used primarily by MS-DOS/Windows types.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

In*flate" (?), p. a. [L. inflatus, p.p. of inflare to inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See Blow to puff wind.]

Blown in; inflated.



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In*flate", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflated; p. pr. & vb. n. Inflating.]


To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs.

When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes. J. Scott of Amwell.


Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity.

Inflate themselves with some insane delight. Tennyson.


To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency.


© Webster 1913.

In*flate", v. i.

To expand; to fill; to distend.


© Webster 1913.

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