What does WIDE mean?

Definitions for WIDEwaɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word WIDE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wide, broad(adj)

    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

    "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"

  2. across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide(adj)

    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"

  3. wide-eyed, wide(adj)

    (used of eyes) fully open or extended

    "stared with wide eyes"

  4. broad, spacious, wide(adj)

    very large in expanse or scope

    "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"

  5. wide(adj)

    great in degree

    "won by a wide margin"

  6. wide, wide-cut, full(adj)

    having ample fabric

    "the current taste for wide trousers"; "a full skirt"

  7. wide, wide of the mark(adverb)

    not on target

    "the kick was wide"; "the arrow was wide of the mark"; "a claim that was wide of the truth"

  8. wide(adverb)

    with or by a broad space

    "stand with legs wide apart"; "ran wide around left end"

  9. wide(adverb)

    to the fullest extent possible

    "open your eyes wide"; "with the throttle wide open"

  10. wide, astray(adverb)

    far from the intended target

    "the arrow went wide of the mark"; "a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"

  11. wide, widely(adverb)

    to or over a great extent or range; far

    "wandered wide through many lands"; "he traveled widely"


  1. wide(Noun)

    A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score

  2. wide(Adverb)


    He travelled far and wide.

  3. wide(Adverb)


    He was wide awake.

  4. wide(Adverb)

    away from a given goal

    The arrow fell wide of the mark.

  5. wide(Adjective)

    Having a large physical extent from side to side.

    We walked down a wide corridor.

  6. wide(Adjective)

    Large in scope.

    The inquiry had a wide remit.

  7. wide(Adjective)

    Operating at the side of the playing area.

    That team needs a decent wide player.

  8. Origin: wid, from wīdaz. Cognate with Dutch wijd, German weit, Swedish vid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wide

    having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry

  2. Wide

    having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference

  3. Wide

    of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding

  4. Wide

    of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide

  5. Wide

    remote; distant; far

  6. Wide

    far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like

  7. Wide

    on one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc

  8. Wide

    made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of / (/ve) is / (/ll); of a (ate) is / (/nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13-15

  9. Wide(adverb)

    to a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide

  10. Wide(adverb)

    so as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening

  11. Wide(adverb)

    so as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray

  12. Wide(noun)

    that which is wide; wide space; width; extent

  13. Wide(noun)

    that which goes wide, or to one side of the mark

  14. Origin: [OE. wid, wyde, AS. wd; akin to OFries. & OS. wd, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. wt, Icel. vr, Sw. & Dan. vid; of uncertain origin.]


  1. Wide

    In the sport of cricket, a wide is one of two things: ⁕The event of a ball being delivered by a bowler too wide or high to be hit by the batsman, and ruled so by the umpire. ⁕The run scored by the batting team as a penalty to the bowling team when this occurs. A wide does not count as one of the six balls in an over and it does not count as a ball faced by the batsman. When a wide is bowled, one run is added to the runs scored off that ball, and is scored as extras and are added to the team's total, but are not added to any batsman's total. A batsman cannot, by definition, be out bowled, leg before wicket, caught, or hit the ball twice off a wide, as a ball cannot be ruled as a wide if the ball strikes the batsman's bat or person. He may be out handled the ball, hit wicket, obstructing the field, run out, or stumped. If the wicket-keeper fumbles or misses the ball, the batsmen may be able to take additional runs safely, and may choose to do so. The number of runs scored are scored as wides, not byes. These extra wides are all added to the bowler's score. If the wicket-keeper misses the ball and it travels all the way to the boundary, the batting team immediately scores five wides, similarly as if the ball had been hit to the boundary for a four on a no ball. If a wide ball crosses the boundary without touching the ground, only five wides are scored - according to Law 19.5, a boundary six can only be scored if the ball has touched the bat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wide

    wīd, adj. extended far: having a considerable distance between: broad: distant: bulging, expanded: deviating, errant, wild.—n. wideness: in cricket, a ball that goes wide of the wicket, counting one to the batting side.—advs. Wīde, Wīde′ly.—adj. Wīde′-awake′, fully awake: on the alert: ready.—n. a kind of soft felt hat.—n. Wīde′awakeness.—adj. Wīde′-chapped, wide-mouthed.—v.t. and v.i, Wī′den, to make or grow wide or wider: (Shak.) to throw open.—ns. Wīde′ner, one who, or that which, widens: a kind of tool; Wīde′ness, width.—adjs. Wīde′-spread, diffused; Wīde′-stretched (Shak.), large; Wīde′-wa′tered, bordered or covered by wide waters.—n. Width, wideness, breadth. [A.S. wíd; Ice. víthr, Ger. weit.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WIDE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #864

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WIDE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1416

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WIDE' in Adjectives Frequency: #66


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WIDE in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WIDE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brandon Marianne Lee:

    The biggest impact is on wide receivers.

  2. Pat Conroy:

    The water is wide and he has now passed over.

  3. Samuel Goldwyn:

    A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.

  4. Ernest Hemingway:

    America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.

  5. Pat Conroy:

    The Water is wide and Pat Conroy has now passed over.

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