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Extensive definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EXTENS'IVE, a. Wide; large; having great enlargement or extent; as an extensive farm; an extensive field; an extensive lake; and extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence.
1. That may be extended. [Not used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity; "an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England"; "extended farm lands"; "surgeons with extended experience"; "they suffered extensive damage" [syn: extensive, extended]
2: 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" [syn: across-the- board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide]
3: of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor; "producing wheat under extensive conditions"; "agriculture of the extensive type" [ant: intensive]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1604 1. having wide or considerable extent <extensive reading> 2. extensional 3. of, relating to, or constituting farming in which large areas of land are utilized with minimum outlay and labor extensively adverb extensiveness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 covering a large area in space or time. 2 having a wide scope; far-reaching, comprehensive (an extensive knowledge of music). 3 Agriculture involving cultivation from a large area, with a minimum of special resources (cf. INTENSIVE). Derivatives: extensively adv. extensiveness n. Etymology: F extensif -ive or LL extensivus (as EXTENSION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Extensive Ex*ten"sive, a. [L. extensivus: cf. F. extensif. See Extend.] 1. Having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive; as, an extensive farm; an extensive lake; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence; extensive greatness. 2. Capable of being extended. [Obs.] Silver beaters choose the finest coin, as that which is most extensive under the hammer. --Boyle.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Something that is extensive covers or includes a large physical area. ...an extensive tour of Latin America... When built, the palace and its grounds were more extensive than the city itself. ADJ extensively Mark, however, needs to travel extensively with his varied business interests. ADV: ADV after v 2. Something that is extensive covers a wide range of details, ideas, or items. Developments in South Africa receive extensive coverage in The Sunday Telegraph... The facilities available are very extensive. ADJ extensively All these issues have been extensively researched in recent years. ADV: ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed 3. If something is extensive, it is very great. The blast caused extensive damage, shattering the ground-floor windows... The security forces have extensive powers of search and arrest... ADJ extensively Hydrogen is used extensively in industry for the production of ammonia. ADV: ADV after v, ADV -ed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Wide, large, broad, comprehensive, capacious, extended, expanded.

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