spread


spread
spread [spred]
vt.
spread, spreading [ME spreden < OE sprædan, akin to Ger spreiten < IE * sprei-d-, to sprinkle, strew < base * (s)p(h)er-, to strew, spray, burst (of buds) > SPRAY1, SPRAWL, SPROUT]
1. to draw out so as to display more fully; open or stretch out so as to cover more space; unfold or unfurl
2. to lay out in display; exhibit
3. to move apart (the fingers, arms, legs, wings, etc.)
4.
a) to distribute over a surface or area; scatter; disperse
b) to distribute among a group [to spread the wealth]
c) to distribute in a thin layer; smear [to spread butter on toast]
d) to cover by smearing (with something) [to spread bread with jelly]
5. to extend or prolong in time [to spread payments over a two-year period]
6. to cause to be widely or more widely known, felt, existent, etc.; disseminate; propagate; diffuse [to spread news, a disease, etc.]
7. to cover, overlay, or deck (with something)
8.
a) to set (a table) for a meal
b) to set (food) on a table
9. to push apart or farther apart
10. to record in full; enter (on a record)
11. to flatten out (a rivet, etc.) by hammering
vi.
1. to extend itself; be extended or expanded
2. to become distributed or dispersed
3. to be made widely or more widely known, felt, existent, etc.; be disseminated, propagated, or diffused
4. to be pushed apart or farther apart
5. to be of such consistency that it can be distributed in a thin layer, as butter; be capable of being smeared
n.
1. the act of spreading; extension; expansion; diffusion
2.
a) the extent to which something is spread or can be spread
b) the interval or difference between the highest and lowest figures of a set, as of the scores of a test
c) the difference between related prices, rates, etc., as that between the prices at which a broker buys and sells shares of a stock
d) in betting, the number of points by which a team, esp. a football team, is expected to defeat its opponent
3. an expanse; extent; stretch; compass
4.
a) two facing pages of a newspaper, magazine, etc., treated as a single continuous sheet, as in advertising
b) printed matter set across a page, or across several columns, of a newspaper, magazine, etc.
5. a cloth cover for a table, bed, etc.
6. any soft substance, as jam, butter, etc., used for spreading on bread
7. Informal a meal, esp. one with a wide variety of food
8. Informal a pretentious display
9. a ranch, or any large farm or estate
——————
☆ spread oneself thin
to try to do too many things at once

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Spread — may refer to: *Statistical dispersion *Spread (food), an edible paste put on other foods *the score difference being wagered on in spread betting *the measure of line inclination in rational trigonometry *Temperature Dewpoint spread, dew point… …   Wikipedia

  • Spread — (spr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spread}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spreading}.] [OE. spreden, AS. spr[ae]dan; akin to D. spreiden, spreijen, LG. spreden, spreen, spreien, G. spreiten, Dan. sprede, Sw. sprida. Cf. {Spray} water flying in drops.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spread — (spr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spread}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spreading}.] [OE. spreden, AS. spr[ae]dan; akin to D. spreiden, spreijen, LG. spreden, spreen, spreien, G. spreiten, Dan. sprede, Sw. sprida. Cf. {Spray} water flying in drops.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spread — vb Spread, circulate, disseminate, diffuse, propagate, radiate can all mean to extend or cause to extend over an area or space. Spread basically implies a drawing or stretching out to the limit {spread a net} {spread a cloth on the ground} {the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spread — n 1 a: the difference between any two prices for similar articles the spread between the list price and the market price of an article b: the difference between the highest and lowest prices of a product or security for a given period c: the… …   Law dictionary

  • Spread — est un mot anglais qui signifie, entre autres, écart. Son utilisation, sur les marchés financiers, sous cette acception, est universelle et très diverse. Sur tous les marchés Bid/Ask, de Bid and Ask spread Calendar spread Expiry spread Sur les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Spread — 〈[sprɛ̣d] m. 6 oder n. 15〉 Zinsaufschlag auf einen Basiszins, der mit sinkender Bonität des Kreditnehmers u. sinkendem Wettbewerb aufseiten des Kreditgebers steigt [engl., „Verbreitung, Verteilung, Streuung“] * * * Spread [sprɛd], der; s, s [engl …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Spread — Spread, n. 1. Extent; compass. [1913 Webster] I have got a fine spread of improvable land. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Expansion of parts. [1913 Webster] No flower hath spread like that of the woodbine. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. A cloth used as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spread — Spread, v. i. 1. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand. [1913 Webster] Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall. Bacon. [1913 Webster] Governor Winthrop, and his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spread — Spread, imp. & p. p. of {Spread}, v. [1913 Webster] {Spread eagle}. (a) An eagle with outspread wings, the national emblem of the United States. (b) The figure of an eagle, with its wings elevated and its legs extended; often met as a device upon …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English