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spread

  

      vb   , spreads, spreading, spread  
1    to extend or unfold or be extended or unfolded to the fullest width  
she spread the map on the table     
2    to extend or cause to extend over a larger expanse of space or time  
the milk spread all over the floor, the political unrest spread over several years     
3    to apply or be applied in a coating  
butter does not spread very well when cold     
4    to distribute or be distributed over an area or region  
5    to display or be displayed in its fullest extent  
the landscape spread before us     
6    tr   to prepare (a table) for a meal  
7    tr   to lay out (a meal) on a table  
8    to send or be sent out in all directions; disseminate or be disseminated  
someone has been spreading rumours, the disease spread quickly     
9    (of rails, wires, etc.) to force or be forced apart  
10    to increase the breadth of (a part), esp. to flatten the head of a rivet by pressing, hammering, or forging  
11    tr     (Agriculture)  
a    to lay out (hay) in a relatively thin layer to dry  
b    to scatter (seed, manure, etc.) over a relatively wide area  
12    tr; often foll by: around  
Informal   to make (oneself) agreeable to a large number of people, often of the opposite sex  
13      (Phonetics)   to narrow and lengthen the aperture of (the lips) as for the articulation of a front vowel, such as (<PH:i><PH::>) in English see (<PH:s><PH:i><PH::>)  
      n  
14    the act or process of spreading; diffusion, dispersal, expansion, etc.  
the spread of the Christian religion     
15    Informal   the wingspan of an aircraft  
16    an extent of space or time; stretch  
a spread of 50 years     
17    Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a ranch or relatively large tract of land  
18    the limit of something fully extended  
the spread of a bird's wings     
19    a covering for a table or bed  
20    Informal   a large meal or feast, esp. when it is laid out on a table  
21    a food which can be spread on bread, etc.  
salmon spread     
22    two facing pages in a book or other publication  
23    a widening of the hips and waist  
middle-age spread     
24      (Stock Exchange)  
a    the difference between the bid and offer prices quoted by a market maker  
b    the excess of the price at which stock is offered for public sale over the price paid for the same stock by an underwriter  
c      (Chiefly U.S)   a double option  
   Compare       straddle       9  
25      (Jewellery)   the apparent size of a gemstone when viewed from above expressed in carats  
a diamond with a spread of four carats     
      adj  
26    extended or stretched out, esp. to the fullest extent  
27    (of a gem) shallow and flat  
28      (Phonetics)  
a    (of the lips) forming a long narrow aperture  
b    (of speech sounds) articulated with spread lips  
(<PH:i><PH::>) in English ``feel'' is a spread vowel     
     (Old English sprædan; related to Old High German spreiten to spread, Old Lithuanian sprainas stiff)  
  spreadability      n  
  spreadable      adj  


centre spread  
      n  
1    the pair of two facing pages in the middle of a magazine, newspaper, etc., often illustrated  
2    a photograph of a nude or nearly nude woman (or man) in a magazine on such pages  
double spread  
      n     (Printing)   two facing pages of a publication treated as a single unit  
middle-age spread   , middle-aged spread  
      n   the fat that appears round many people's waist during middle age  
spread betting  
      n   a form of gambling in which stakes are placed not on the results of contests but on the number of points scored, etc. Winnings and losses are calculated according to the accuracy or inaccuracy of the prediction  
spread eagle  
      n  
1    the representation of an eagle with outstretched wings, used as an emblem of the U.S.  
2    an acrobatic skating figure  
spread-eagle  
      adj     (also)   
  spread-eagled  
1    lying or standing with arms and legs outstretched  
      vb  
2    to assume or cause to assume the shape of a spread eagle  
3    intr     (Skating)   to execute a spread eagle  
spread sampling  
      n   the selection of a corpus for statistical analysis by selecting a number of short passages at random throughout the work and considering their aggregation  
   Compare       block sampling  
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