1) General: The act of inflating; the state of being inflated.
Verbal noun of → inflate.
Fr.: modèle d'inflation
A class of → Big Bang models of the Universe that include a finite period of accelerated expansion in their early histories. Such an event would have released enormous energy, stored until then in the vacuum of space-time. The horizon of the Universe expanded, temporarily, much faster than the speed of light. → inflaton field.