Definitions of wide

  1. broad in scope or content; " across- the- board pay increases"; " an all- embracing definition"; " blanket sanctions against human- rights violators"; " an invention with broad applications"; " a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T. G. Winner; " granted him wide powers"
  2. far from the intended target; " the arrow went wide of the mark"; " a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
  3. having great ( or a certain) extent from one side to the other; " wide roads"; " a wide necktie"; " wide margins"; " three feet wide"; " a river two miles broad"; " broad shoulders"; " a broad river"
  4. very large in expanse or scope; " a broad lawn"; " the wide plains"; " a spacious view"; " spacious skies"
  5. great in range or scope; " an extended vocabulary"; " surgeons with extended experience"; " extensive examples of picture writing"; " suffered extensive damage"; " a wide selection"
  6. having ample fabric; " the current taste for wide trousers"; " a full skirt"
  7. ( used of eyes) fully open or extended; " listened in round- eyed wonder"; " stared with wide eyes"
  8. great in degree; " won by a wide margin"
  9. to or over a great extent or range; far; " wandered wide through many lands"; " he traveled widely"
  10. with or by a broad space; " stand with legs wide apart"; " ran wide around left end"
  11. to the fullest extent possible; " open your eyes wide"; " with the throttle wide open"
  12. not on target; " the kick was wide"; " the arrow was wide of the mark"; " a claim that was wide of the truth"
  13. Expanse.
  14. Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.
  15. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry.
  16. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference.
  17. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide.
  18. Remote; distant; far.
  19. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like.
  20. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side- wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
  21. Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of / (/ ve) is / (/ ll); of a ( ate) is / (/ nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13- 15.
  22. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide.
  23. So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.
  24. So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.
  25. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.
  26. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.
  27. Stretching for a given space in a direction at right angles to length; extended far each way; broad; vast; containing plenty of space; far from the point aimed at; as the arrow flew wide of the bull's- eye.
  28. To a great distance; far apart; aside from the mark.
  29. Widely.
  30. Wideness.
  31. Extended far: having a considerable distance between: broad: distant.
  32. Extended far from side to side; broad; distant.
  33. Having relatively great extent between sides; broad.
  34. Extended; ample.
  35. To a great distance.
  36. Broad; having a great distance or extent between the sides; having a great extent every way; remote; distant.
  37. At a distance; far; with great extent; used chiefly in composition, as wide- skirted meads.
  38. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.
  39. Having a great distance or extent between the sides; opposite of narrow; broad; remote; distant; in compound words, far; with great extent.
  40. At a distance; with great extent, as, " the gates wide open stood".

Quotes of wide

  1. Last summer when we were preparing for the movie, I actually kind of wanted to stay fairly uninformed about it. As we went through the process that we do in the movie, I wanted to be a little wide -eyed. – Thomas Haden Church
  2. I'm not certain that the BBC can claim to be making a wide enough range of distinctive programmes to make the case convincingly. – Jonathan Dimbleby
  3. I use a wide selection of colours. It is impossible to produce work like mine using only the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour. – John Dyer
  4. By going to the movies, and because of other things, too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around traveling, I became a lot more open -minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested. – Roger Ebert
  5. And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. – Black Elk
  6. Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide – Jean de La Fontaine
  7. NSF is the only federal agency with a proven track record of selecting education projects through a rigorous, careful and competitive process that draws on a wide variety of experts from outside government. – Bob Inglis
  8. The undisturbed coastal plain is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and is the only wilderness sanctuary in North America that protects a complete range of the arctic ecosystem. – Dan Lipinski
  9. Robert Taylor was not only a splendid actor in a wide variety of roles but one of the most handsome men in the western world. – Audrey Meadows
  10. People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more. – Sara Paretsky
  11. The student develops an analytical as well as finely blended character. He is able to choose from a wide variety of job fields from which to embrace a career, without having to be a specialist in one particular discipline. – Philippe Perrin
  12. Clinton's hands remain incredibly clean, don't they, and Tony Blair's smile remains as wide as ever. I view these guises with profound contempt. – Harold Pinter
  13. The world wide web has really been quite spectacular and not something I would have predicted. – Jon Postel
  14. If we look at the realm of knowledge, how exceedingly small and limited is that part acquired through our own senses; how wide is that we gain from other sources. – Matthew Simpson
  15. Our Jihad will remain on Palestinian soil that is wide and large. – Ahmed Yassin

Usage examples for wide

  1. For the first time she found the large gate wide open. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  2. None of them looked as wide as they should have been. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  3. The dogs have to be kept within a course some half- a- mile wide and many miles long. – Frank of Freedom Hill by Samuel A. Derieux
  4. " Nonsense," I said, but Tessie's eyes were wide with terror. – The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  5. And Mary V would kind of catch her breath and open her eyes wide at him, and say, " Why, Johnny-?" – The Thunder Bird by B. M. Bower
  6. Marie's eyes opened wide – Marie by Laura E. Richards
  7. That's a pretty wide open country, you know. – Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewdson
  8. They are written by men of wide experience, and are well got up and well illustrated. –  by
  9. He nodded toward the hunter and the chevalier's eyes opened wide – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  10. Mrs. Clarke stared at the man with her very wide open eyes. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  11. You're wide awake; make no mistake about that." – The Border Boys Across the Frontier by Fremont B. Deering
  12. None of us is much on talk, but if we had you, I guess we could lay things wide open. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. Margie's sorry," mamma would spring from bed and be wide awake in a minute. – Little Frankie and his Mother by Madeline Leslie
  14. " Then I will carry you," he cries, opening out his arms wide – The Silent Mill by Hermann Sudermann
  15. Now she saw better how Coupeau set about it, his eyes wide open looking into space, and she would never forget it. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  16. The little black fellow opened his mouth wide – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  17. Carita opened her eyes wide – Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party by C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read
  18. He said not a word but walked to the door and threw it wide open. – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  19. He re- entered the room, and going to the opposite window, threw it wide open. – The Film of Fear by Arnold Fredericks
  20. Then his eyes open wide – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford

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