Adjective "Wide" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of great or more than average width.
  1. 'Why should the chosen few have this enormously wide road to themselves?'
  2. 'I was getting a little too comfy with the wide roads, uninterrupted power and active phone lines of Ahmedabad.'
  3. 'Even today, the post office at Node in the eastern corner of the county is not much more than a wide spot in the road.'
  4. 'The driver has a very good position behind the wheel, and it is surprisingly easy to place this long, wide car on the road.'
  5. 'It is located in a wide basin on the road linking India with Central Asia.'
  6. 'The roads are still wide, though traffic density is much lower.'
  7. 'The finely tailored jacket featured wide lapels and side belt with turn-ups prominent on the classic cut pants.'
  8. 'Otherwise they will not need so many one-ways even on wide roads.'
  9. 'The wide road linking Killipalam to Karamana is a case in point.'
  10. 'No large buildings could be constructed on top of the tunnel itself, just on either side, so this quiet backstreet feels unnaturally wide.'
  11. 'it measures 15 cm long by 12 cm wide'
  12. 'With kitchen shears or knife, cut sides toward centre in 1-inch wide strips.'
  13. 'The expedition also found rings of plankton organisms that measured 10 km wide.'
  14. 'his eyes were wide with fear'
  15. 'We both had identical gray, charcoal rimmed eyes, now wide with shock.'
  16. 'It soars above a boundary fence to take in the smallest view - this room whose wide window is as open as the day.'
  17. 'Gleebeck seemed pleased by the comparison, his little face splitting open in a wide grin, but he shook his head.'
  18. 'She gave him a wide grin as she opened the door to the passenger seat.'
  19. 'Lyissa looked at me, and this time her eyes were wide and open, without hidden secrets shining in them.'
  20. 'The boy underneath me was staring at me with wide eyes full of fear.'
  21. 'Her eyes were slightly wide with fear, her hands trembling just a little.'
  22. 'tax revenues have undershot Treasury projections by a wide margin'
  23. 'But not by the wide margin that many pundits were predicting.'
  24. 'In both he had not exceeded the limits by a wide time margin.'
  25. 'But at this point, political analysts expect the Conservatives to fail by a wide margin.'
  26. 'The ban on what opponents call partial birth abortion is likely to pass by a wide margin when it comes up for a vote scheduled in the Senate.'
  27. 'That proposition won by a wide margin overall and garnered more than half the female vote.'
  28. 'Africa, though it's not a nation, topped the list by a wide margin.'
  29. 'Nobody has won both Iowa and New Hampshire by such wide margins and gone on to lose the nomination.'
  30. 'The afternoon game was against Albuquerque, who had lost the morning game to Great Falls by a wide margin.'
  31. 'The application is now in daily use and is exceeding the client's performance expectations by a wide margin.'
  32. 'Just as the Bank of England has a target for inflation and has to write a letter to the chancellor if it misses it by a wide margin, the new rule seeks to establish credibility.'
Including a great variety of people or things.
  1. 'his wide circle of friends'
  2. 'They published a wide variety of opinions in the Economic Weekly.'
  3. 'He rated the media coverage of the election campaign as providing extensive information and a wide variety of opinions.'
  4. 'In fact conservatives hold a wide variety of opinions about such secondary formal matters.'
  5. 'The pub has a wide variety of customers, with ages ranging from 20 to 70 years.'
  6. 'It can be easily molded into a wide variety of shapes, which are then fired in a kiln and transformed into solid silver.'
  7. 'The colorful, long-lasting blossoms of this wide variety of mums range from one to six inches across.'
  8. 'The distribution of mutational effects was assumed to be gamma, which allows a wide variety of shapes.'
  9. 'I have a wide variety of clients, ranging from a top scientist under pressure to a teenager with eating disorders.'
  10. 'There is a wide variety of plants, ranging from mosses to grasses and astute insect eaters.'
  11. 'After the meal, they had sat in the front room and the conversation had ranged over a wide variety of topics.'
  12. 'It gained wide recognition among bloggers.'
  13. 'Gitt, incredibly, replied that his ideas have wide acceptance among scientists.'
  14. 'the wider implications of the dispute'
  15. 'If a court was entitled to look at wide social issues, then really what is being said is that the court's role is a discretionary one.'
  16. 'This debate raises wide issues of political theory concerning the proper role of the state.'
  17. 'an industry-wide trend'
At a considerable or specified distance from an intended point or target.
  1. 'A minute later and again Eynsford breached the visitors' defence but the final shot was wide.'
  2. 'he played in a wide left position'
  3. 'Most of his 40 appearances last season were as cameos from the substitutes bench, invariably filling in a wide midfield role.'
  4. 'That this has improvement has come since he has been tucked into the centre of midfield from a wide right position may not be a coincidence.'


To the full extent.
  1. 'His mouth at times opened so wide it practically split his jaw.'
  2. 'Flowers open wide in full sun, and with the central yellow anthers, the effect is striking.'
  3. 'I took my munchies back to the car, opened the windows wide, and sat there watching the world go by.'
  4. 'There was a Chinese guy, who's bag I assume it was, taunting it by opening his mouth really wide and moving his arms up and down, but the bird was having none of it.'
  5. 'The bronze whaler shark is the guy who slowly swims up through the centre of this meatball, jaws open wide and chomping.'
  6. 'And he even opened his arms wide in such a moving gesture, as though he were ready to abandon himself to his fate.'
  7. 'With a toothy smile, the North Carolina senator opens his arms wide and wraps an equally sunny Kerry in a bear hug.'
  8. 'At the moment of death my father opened his eyes wide.'
  9. 'Lori has this habit of wearing her coat open wide even when it's freezing out, showing off her ample bosom.'
  10. 'I open my windows wide, and let the gentle breeze into my room.'
Far from a particular or intended point or target.
  1. 'Parks cottoned onto the theme, threading a penalty attempt of his own wide of target.'
  2. 'On the restart, Meath looked to end the game as a contest, only for Sheridan to blaze his shot just wide of the target.'
  3. 'Australia might still have snatched it but Burke's late penalty drifted inches wide of the upright.'
  4. 'McMahon had two good opportunities to add to his tally and claim a hat-trick but fired wide on both occasions.'
  5. 'He tried his luck with a kick from close range but his goal effort went wide of the target and it was a let off for the home side.'
  6. 'Pond then made a great run into the box himself but his attempted cross flew wide of the goal.'
  7. 'Avenue continued to press forward but were snatching at long-range efforts, most of which drifted wide of the target.'
  8. 'Two Tinryland shots went agonisingly wide of the mark.'
  9. 'McManus scorned a second chance before Sutton flung himself headlong and only narrowly headed wide.'
  10. 'On 11 minutes, the visitors thought that they had taken the lead but a cracking effort went inches wide of the target.'
  11. 'he will play wide on the right'
  12. 'The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.'


A ball that is judged to be too wide of the stumps for the batsman to play, for which an extra is awarded to the batting side.
  1. 'India lost to Zimbabwe in an earlier game because they bowled too many wides and no balls and today was no different.'
  2. 'Blignaut lost his cool immediately, the next ball swinging way down the leg side for four wides.'


1. having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad: a wide boulevard.

2. having a certain or specified extent from side to side: three feet wide.

3. of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious: the wide plains of the West.

4. of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.: wide experience.

5. open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended: to stare with wide eyes.

6. apart or rem

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be wide of marks."

"spreads can be wide at points."

"shelves can be wide off places."

"bids can be wide by points."

"spreads can be wide as points."

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Old English wīd ‘spacious, extensive’, wīde ‘over a large area’, of Germanic origin.


wide awake
wide open