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Definitions of spread

  1. decorative cover for a bed
  2. cause to become widely known; " spread information"; " circulate a rumor"; " broadcast the news"
  3. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock ( especially cattle)
  4. become widely known and passed on; " the rumor spread"; " the story went around in the office"
  5. move outward; " The soldiers fanned out"
  6. distributed or spread over a considerable extent; " has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; " eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
  7. distribute or disperse widely; " The invaders spread their language all over the country"
  8. two facing pages of a book or other publication
  9. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; " gap between income and outgo"; " the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
  10. fully extended in width; " outspread wings"; " with arms spread wide"
  11. spread across or over; " A big oil spot spread across the water"
  12. a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers
  13. become distributed or widespread; " the infection spread"; " Optimism spread among the population"
  14. strew or distribute over an area; " He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; " scatter cards across the table"
  15. a haphazard distribution in all directions
  16. act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
  17. process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
  18. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out; " a table spread with food"
  19. spread out or open from a closed or folded state; " open the map"; " spread your arms"
  20. the expansion of a person's girth ( especially at middle age); " she exercised to avoid that middle- aged spread"
  21. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; " a banquet for the graduating seniors"; " the Thanksgiving feast"; " they put out quite a 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. A covering.
  25. 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.
  26. Surface in proportion to the depth of a cut stone.
  27. of Spread
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
  32. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
  33. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
  34. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.
  35. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand.
  36. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.
  37. To be made known more extensively, as news.
  38. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city.
  39. Extent; compass.
  40. Expansion of parts.
  41. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.
  42. A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast.
  43. 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.
  44. An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.
  45. imp. & amp; p. p. of Spread, v.
  46. 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.
  47. To be extended or scattered.
  48. Extension; extent; a covering for a bed, table, etc.
  49. Spreader.
  50. Spread.
  51. Spreading.
  52. 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.
  53. To extend or expand in all directions: to be extended or stretched: to be propagated or circulated:- pa. t and pa. p. spread.
  54. Extent: compass: expansion of parts: a cloth used as a cover, as a bed spread.
  55. To extend; cause to cover a surface; circulate; diffuse; set with provisions.
  56. To extend; expand; be diffused.
  57. To extend over; distribute about; publish; expand; unfold; be dispersed or separated.
  58. The act of spreading; an open expanse; extent.
  59. A banquet.
  60. Extent; compass; expansion; a cover; a table spread or furnished with a meal.
  61. To extend in length and breadth; to stretch out; to extend; to pitch; to cover over; to propagate; to diffuse; to prepare; to unfurl.
  62. To be extended or stretched; to be propagated.
  63. 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.
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Usage examples for spread

  1. Rodolphe, indeed, had spread himself out. – Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henry Murger
  2. " My dear, I have ordered luncheon spread down there, in that strange garden. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  3. There was only one subject of news, and that was the spread of the Blue Disease. – The Blue Germ by Martin Swayne
  4. I draw a long breath of relief, and drop my hot face into my spread hands. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  5. A grin spread slowly across Patrick's face. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  6. Then the Thlinkits grew and spread abroad. – Kalitan, Our Little Alaskan Cousin by Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  7. So, opening it gently, he spread it on the desk before him. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  8. " Got your names here, boys, and I aim to spread 'em," he said. – We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  9. Bill called Vyse by name twice loudly, and then again the awful silence spread over the place. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
  10. I understand, but now you need keep silence no longer; in fact, I should be glad if you would spread your news ... – A Royal Prisoner by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  11. A look of admiration slowly spread itself over the detective's face. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  12. The news of Anna Wolsky's extraordinary good luck had evidently spread – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. I only have just to spread it out on the bed. – The Eleven Comedies by Aristophanes et al
  14. Swift surprise spread on the factor's face, but he did not speak. – The Maid of the Whispering Hills by Vingie E. Roe
  15. " Well, this is good of you," he said, and reached out his hand across the spread – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. It was a bad step for Blenkiron, and we only got him past it by Peter and I spread eagling ourselves against the wall and passing him in front of us with his face towards us. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  17. In 1853, the city spread over about as much ground as it now does, when it was destroyed by fire. – Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California by Mary Evarts Anderson
  18. Festing spread out his hands. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  19. In 1272, these Tartars became Mahomedans and spread that faith. – The Story of Russia by R. Van Bergen
  20. Wouldn't they spread out, and hope to surprise us? – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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