Ex*ten"sion (?), n. [L. extensio: cf. F. extension. See Extend, v. t.]
The act of extending or the state of being extended; a stretching out; enlargement in breadth or continuation of length; increase; augmentation; expansion.
That property of a body by which it occupies a portion of space.
3. Logic & Metaph.
Capacity of a concept or general term to include a greater or smaller number of objects; -- correlative of intension.
The law is that the intension of our knowledge is in the inverse ratio of its extension.
Sir W. Hamilton.
The extension of [the term] plant is greater than that of geranium, because it includes more objects.
The operation of stretching a broken bone so as to bring the fragments into the same straight line.
The straightening of a limb, in distinction from flexion.
A written engagement on the part of a creditor, allowing a debtor further time to pay a debt.
Counter extension. Surg. See under Counter. -- Extension table, a table so constructed as to be readily extended or contracted in length.
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