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spread

noun (n)

  • process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space (noun.event)
    Synonym: spreading
    source: wordnet30
  • a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: gap
    Example:
    The spread between lending and borrowing costs.
    source: wordnet30
  • farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle) (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a haphazard distribution in all directions (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: scatter
    source: wordnet30
  • a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes (noun.food)
    Synonym: paste
    source: wordnet30
  • a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed (noun.food)
    Synonym: banquet, feast
    Example:
    They put out quite a spread.
    source: wordnet30
  • two facing pages of a book or other publication (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age) (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    She exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread.
    source: wordnet30
  • decorative cover for a bed (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • Extent; compass. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • An arbitrage transaction operated by buying and selling simultaneously in two separate markets, as Chicago and New York, when there is an abnormal difference in price between the two markets. It is called a back spreadwhen the difference in price is less than the normal one. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • distributed or spread over a considerable extent (adj.all)
    Synonym: dispersed
    Example:
    Eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe.
    source: wordnet30
  • prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out (adj.all)
    Example:
    A table spread with food.
    source: wordnet30
  • fully extended in width (adj.all)
    Synonym: outspread
    Example:
    Outspread wings.
    With arms spread wide.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • distribute or disperse widely (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The invaders spread their language all over the country.
    source: wordnet30
  • become distributed or widespread (verb.contact)
    Synonym: propagate
    Example:
    The infection spread.
    Optimism spread among the population.
    source: wordnet30
  • spread across or over (verb.stative)
    Synonym: overspread
    Example:
    A big oil spot spread across the water.
    source: wordnet30
  • spread out or open from a closed or folded state (verb.contact)
    Synonym: open, spread out, unfold
    Antonym: fold, fold up, turn up
    Example:
    Spread your arms.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to become widely known (verb.communication)
    Example:
    Spread information.
    source: wordnet30
  • become widely known and passed on (verb.communication)
    Synonym: circulate, go around
    Example:
    The rumor spread.
    source: wordnet30
  • strew or distribute over an area (verb.motion)
    Synonym: scatter, spread out
    Example:
    He spread fertilizer over the lawn.
    source: wordnet30
  • move outward (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • cover by spreading something over (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Spread the bread with cheese.
    source: wordnet30
  • distribute over a surface in a layer (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Spread cheese on a piece of bread.
    source: wordnet30
  • To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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