# nLab expansion

This entry is about expansion in shape theory rather than in cosmology (or elsewhere, like in theory of fluids).

Let $\mathcal{T}$ be a category, $\mathcal{P}\subset\mathcal{T}$ a subcategory and $X$ an object in $\mathcal{T}$. The canonical embedding $\mathcal{T}\to pro\mathcal{T}$ into the pro-category may be considered as an identification. A $\mathcal{T}$-expansion (or simply an expansion) of $X$ is an initial object in the coslice category $X/pro\mathcal{T}$. A $\mathcal{T}$-expansion is a $\mathcal{P}$-expansion if it is a morphism in $\mathcal{P}$.

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