Adjective "Spread" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length.
  1. 'she helped Colin to spread out the map'
  2. with object and complement 'Bobby spread his arms wide'
  3. 'In this work, filled with vigorous movement, the eagle rises with its wings spread across the width of the sheet, exhaling smoke as it drags a metal trap clamped to its talon and tied to a broken branch.'
  4. 'And both men, talking to Marion, make a long, strong movement with their hands - Sam spreads both arms wide to agree with her, Norman's right arm will reach to a small, stuffed, nocturnal bird.'
  5. 'They fashion a diamond shape between them by spreading their legs slightly and joining the soles of their feet.'
  6. 'Their pudgy little hands are variously balled for punches, or raised in preparation for an opened-handed smack, fingers spread wide.'
  7. 'Changing to tabletop position, place the palms of your hands - fingers spread, pointing away from the wall - where your heels were.'
  8. 'When it kicked at night and woke her, Emma spread her fingertips over the foreign swell that was her own body and imagined the baby spoke to her in a secret, atonal humming.'
  9. 'At times, Adamma leapt up in the air with knees still bent and spread her arms wide.'
  10. 'An enormous phoenix emerges from this skeletal volcano and spreads its wings.'
Extend over a large or increasing area.
  1. 'The appeal of football spreads wider yet and wider beyond the nation's boundaries.'
  2. 'Lavarack Barracks is bound to the south by the imposing outcrop of Mt Stuart, with its range of foothills, and spreads northwards across a flat plain to the east-west axis of University Drive.'
  3. 'Disease then develops in the stalk and rapidly spreads up the stalk and into the leaves.'
  4. 'This invasive weed from southeast Asia covers more than 7 million U.S. acres and spreads across about 120,000 more each year.'
  5. 'Poignantly stated and played, the two guitarists spread out and cover the space.'
  6. 'The fleet spreads out over the sea and orders are given to raise the anchors and run the sails up the masts.'
  7. 'By spreading out, the band try to claim the stage, however with only ten performances under their belts, what lacks in self-assurance is certainly compensated for in mystifyingly thunderous guitars.'
  8. 'volcanic eruptions spread dust high into the stratosphere'
  9. 'Livestock are grazed to maintain and enhance perennial plant communities and spread manure over the ground.'
  10. '‘The wider the coverage, the less light the bulb projects because you are spreading the same amount of output over a larger area,’ explained Scott.'
  11. 'Farmers commonly spread manure on their lands, a practice that often results in excess phosphorus being applied.'
  12. no object 'the violence spread from the city centre to the suburbs'
  13. 'These are all effective ways of spreading the good news.'
  14. 'Visitors from America, Australia, and Canada, and from Japan as well, received a lot of negative coverage of the disease in the media, and some people decided not to visit the UK to avoid spreading the infection.'
  15. 'Chuck a few flyers around select shops, harass the eardrums of certain people ‘in the know’ who will spread the word to the right people, then sit back and let the ensuing hype escalate.'
  16. 'I just think it really spreads the word for our designs.'
  17. 'I note above the importance of textiles in spreading the message that the Mongols had created an empire.'
  18. 'In this way, they spread disease, plague, leprosy, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and so on.'
  19. 'When you do write criticism, are you looking for more notoriety, or to spread your opinions, or just to earn money, or is it something else?'
  20. 'The program is all about young people like Holder being trained to speak with brutal honesty, and then to spread the message to literally thousands of students that there is a way out of violence.'
  21. 'I am beginning to realize that one of my major beefs with mixing design and politics stems from celebrities using their platform to spread their propaganda.'
  22. 'However, the conference definitely fulfilled its role of connecting people and spreading news, methods, and strategies.'
  23. 'the owls have spread as far north as Kuala Lumpur'
  24. 'Such corridors allow links between ecologically protected areas, so that plants and animals can spread from one to another and form a network.'
  25. '‘This perennial garden plant has become a noxious weed and is spreading rapidly throughout North America,’ says Farr.'
  26. 'In tact, climbing fern is spreading so rapidly that it's now the state's worst invasive weed.'
  27. 'In several areas, they have escaped the planting sites and have begun to spread and outcompete native plants.'
  28. 'Splitting the gig up into an acoustic and an electric set gave them the opportunity to spread the gig over two hours.'
Apply (a substance) to an object or surface in an even layer.
  1. 'The 3D printer spreads one thin layer of powder over the print bed, then passes over the powder just as an inkjet printer head passes over paper.'
  2. 'a tub of unsalted butter that spreads so well'
Lay (a table) for a meal.


    The fact or process of spreading over an area.
    1. 'the spread of the urban population into rural areas'
    2. 'This knowledge is key to checking the spread of the disease and eradicating it from infected areas.'
    3. 'By a skilful use of maps and charts the author traces the development and spread of various religious movements, from the early Spanish Franciscans to the latest absurd creation.'
    4. 'The spread of journalism also created new problems for the authorities.'
    5. 'For decades, the UN has led efforts to control the development and spread of such weapons.'
    6. 'Fortunately, researchers have discovered different strategies to control the spread of the virus.'
    7. 'New measures to help prevent the spread of Avian Influenza have been agreed by the European Commission.'
    8. 'But years of heavy rains in the area following the formation of the co-op caused the spread of a plant blight known as scab.'
    9. 'It is not yet known whether consumer resistance to GM food crops, such as rice, wheat, and food maize will be an obstacle to the spread of those crops.'
    10. 'A more material reason for the recent spread of campus farms is probably the rise of community-supported agriculture.'
    11. 'The rise and spread of theory was just one development.'
    The extent, width, or area covered by something.
    1. 'The planting hole should be larger than the spread of the root mass.'
    2. 'the green spread of the park'
    The range or variety of something.
    1. 'Maybe that means greater audience spread and fewer must-see shows.'
    2. 'the very narrow spread between borrowing and deposit rates'
    3. 'This is mainly because of the larger gains in rollover spreads.'
    4. 'This should narrow the spread among grape and wine prices so evident in the 1990s.'
    A soft paste that can be applied in a layer to bread or other food.
    1. mass noun 'cheese spread'
    2. 'It helped boost sales of cheese spreads by more than 600 percent.'
    3. 'Butter processors are keeping a close eye on this new sub-category to determine if there's enough interest to add a similar spread to their own product lines.'
    4. 'Do not eat refrigerated pates or meat spreads.'
    5. 'In the spreads category, Lactoprot is developing upscale, high-end flavor profiles with cheese spreads in flavor combinations such as pepper and bacon or cheddar and smoked turkey.'
    6. 'Retailers can sell more bagels and bread with the spread at a convenient reach, creating an impulse purchase.'
    7. 'These spreads do not contain trans fatty acids.'
    8. 'Processed cheese food and processed cheese spread include additional ingredients such as dairy proteins and/or gums.'
    9. 'For pasteurized cheese spreads, the trend is to reduce cheese solids and add dairy solids such as whey protein.'
    10. 'Several others are use patents for direct incorporation into human foods as ingredients or spreads.'
    11. 'Fay says he has seen the introduction this year of more peripheral items, such as cheese spreads.'
    An article or advertisement covering several columns or pages of a newspaper or magazine, especially one on two facing pages.
    1. 'He has the appearance and acting talent of a male underwear model lifted from a magazine spread.'
    2. 'Most ineffective was a large section of the exhibit in which framed spreads from the magazines jutted out from the wall.'
    3. 'The book dummies, storyboards, jacket covers, and double page spreads were proudly displayed, still smelling strongly of glue and fixatives.'
    4. 'Nevertheless, he does show how Jeff Miller's student color studies became the foundation for three Speak magazine spreads.'
    5. 'Additionally, Seventeen will run spreads in two issues touting the program.'
    6. 'All the covers are faithfully reproduced here, together with page layouts and spreads.'
    7. 'There are, however, several colored double-page spreads on which she has ‘hung’ her images.'
    8. 'Running as part of an extensive magazine spread, the newspaper speculated that Foster was about to become Britain's first sidewalk surfing tycoon.'
    9. 'The Guardian's pages, on the other hand, though reduced in size, still feel big and expansive when you are looking at a spread and the quality of the design obviously helps here.'
    10. 'Segal recently signed artist David Mann, who is well known for his recurring spreads in Easyriders magazine, to put out limited-edition prints from his original paintings.'
    A large and impressively elaborate meal.
    1. 'Fiftyish, 350-pound art dealers in suits ‘eat’ huge banquet spreads, gorging themselves with the sloppy abandon of famished Vikings, only to discover the food is merely a hallucination.'
    2. 'Yes, she's gone to an awful lot of trouble to assemble all your favourite people and prepare a lavish spread.'
    A bedspread.
    1. 'She covered his body with the chenille spread and went inside to phone the undertaker.'

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    1. to draw, stretch, or open out, especially over a flat surface, as something rolled or folded (often followed by out).

    2. to stretch out or unfurl in the air, as folded wings, a flag, etc. (often followed by out).

    3. to distribute over a greater or a relatively great area of space or time (often followed by out): to spread out the papers on the table.

    4. to display or exhibit the full extent of; set out in full: He spread the pots on the groun

    More examples(as adjective)

    "turnovers can be spread between dates."

    "takings can be spread to markets."

    "outlets can be spread throughout places."

    "malarias can be spread to places."

    "investigations can be spread to cities."

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    Old English -sprǣdan (used in combinations), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spreiden and German spreiten.


    spread oneself too thin