Definitions of spread

  1. To be extended or stretched; to be propagated.
  2. To extend over; distribute about; publish; expand; unfold; be dispersed or separated.
  3. To scatter or extend over a surface; as, to spread butter on bread; to cover with a thin layer; as, to spread bread with butter; to publish or make widely known; as, to spread a report; unfold; open; as, a plant spreads its leaves; diffuse; as, to spread a disease.
  4. To scatter abroad or in all directions: to stretch: to extend: to overlay: to shoot out, as branches: to circulate, as news: to cause to affect numbers, as a disease: to diffuse: to set with provisions, as a table.
  5. To extend; cause to cover a surface; circulate; diffuse; set with provisions.
  6. To be extended or scattered.
  7. To extend; expand; be diffused.
  8. cause to become widely known; " spread information"; " circulate a rumor"; " broadcast the news"
  9. become widely known and passed on; " the rumor spread"; " the story went around in the office"
  10. move outward; " The soldiers fanned out"
  11. spread across or over; " A big oil spot spread across the water"
  12. become distributed or widespread; " the infection spread"; " Optimism spread among the population"
  13. spread out or open from a closed or folded state; " open the map"; " spread your arms"
  14. To extend in length and breadth; to stretch out; to extend; to pitch; to cover over; to propagate; to diffuse; to prepare; to unfurl.
  15. To stretch or expand to a broader surface; to extend; to cover; to expand itself in all directions; to be extended or stretched; to circulate, as news or fame; to cause to be extensively known; to diffuse; to scatter over a surface; to fill or cover a wider space.
  16. Spreading.
  17. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock ( especially cattle)
  18. two facing pages of a book or other publication
  19. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; " gap between income and outgo"; " the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
  20. a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers
  21. the expansion of a person's girth ( especially at middle age); " she exercised to avoid that middle- aged spread"
  22. distribute over a surface in a layer; " spread cheese on a piece of bread"
  23. cover by spreading something over; " spread the bread with cheese"
  24. 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.
  25. Surface in proportion to the depth of a cut stone.
  26. of Spread
  27. 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.
  28. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space.
  29. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; -- often acompanied by abroad.
  30. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
  31. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
  32. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
  33. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.
  34. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand.
  35. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.
  36. To be made known more extensively, as news.
  37. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city.
  38. Extent; compass.
  39. Expansion of parts.
  40. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.
  41. A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast.
  42. A privilege which one person buys of another, of demanding certain shares of stock at a certain price, or of delivering the same shares of stock at another price, within a time agreed upon.
  43. An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.
  44. imp. & amp; p. p. of Spread, v.
  45. Extension; extent; a covering for a bed, table, etc.
  46. Spreader.
  47. Extent: compass: expansion of parts: a cloth used as a cover, as a bed spread.
  48. The act of spreading; an open expanse; extent.
  49. A banquet.
  50. Extent; compass; expansion; a cover; a table spread or furnished with a meal.
  51. distributed or spread over a considerable extent; " has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; " eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
  52. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out; " a table spread with food"
  53. Spread.
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