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SPREAD; SPREADING
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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SPREADING, SPREDDING, ppr.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space [syn: spread, spreading]
2: the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate [syn: dissemination, airing, public exposure, spreading]
3: act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time [syn: spread, spreading]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Spread Spread, 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 extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail. He bought a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent. --Gen. xxxiii. 19. Here the Rhone Hath spread himself a couch. --Byron. 2. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space. Rose, as in a dance, the stately trees, and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit. --Milton. 3. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; -- often acompanied by abroad. They, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. --Matt. ix. 31. 4. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease. 5. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance. 6. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground. 7. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table. Boiled the flesh, and spread the board. --Tennyson. To spread cloth, to unfurl sail. [Obs.] --Evelyn. Syn: To diffuse; propogate; disperse; publish; distribute; scatter; circulate; disseminate; dispense.



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