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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweep, expansenoun

    a wide scope

    "the sweep of the plains"

  2. area, expanse, surface areanoun

    the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

    "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"

  3. expansenoun

    a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky


  1. expansenoun

    A wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land.

  2. expansenoun

    An amount of spread or stretch.

  3. Etymology: From expandere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expansenoun

    A body widely extended without inequalities.

    Etymology: expansum, Latin.

    A murmuring sound
    Of waters issu’d from a cave, and spread
    Into a liquid plain; then stood unmov’d,
    Pure as th’ expanse of heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv.

    Bright as th’ ethereal glows the green expanse. Richard Savage.

    On the smooth expanse of crystal lakes,
    The sinking stone at first a circle makes;
    The trembling surface, by the motion stirr’d,
    Spreads in a second circle, then a third;
    Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance,
    Fill all the watry plain, and to the margin dance. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expansenoun

    that which is expanded or spread out; a wide extent of space or body; especially, the arch of the sky

  2. Expanseverb

    to expand

  3. Etymology: [From L. expansus, p. p. of expandere. See Expand.]


  1. Expanse

    the distance between the apices or other widest point of the wings when fully spread.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expanse in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expanse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of expanse in a Sentence

  1. Unknown:

    Fishing gives you a sense of where you fit in the sceme of things - Your place in the universe...I, mean, here I am, one small guy with a fishing pole on this vast beach and out there in the blue expanse of ocean are these hundreds of millions of fish...laughing at me.

  2. Thomas Graziano:

    This is the broadest expanse of area in the United States that weve projected with an elevated risk that I can remember, is this the perfect storm? I dont know.

  3. Roisin Lavelle:

    It's lovely, mostly all you see is waves and rocks, so it has been been really lovely to see a big expanse of sand.

  4. Gary Schuler:

    A classic emerald cut like this one allows for a wide expanse of pure material to be viewed without the distraction of a more complex facet arrangement, it's almost like looking at the glimmer of a reflecting pool.

  5. Kittredge Cherry:

    Once you love someone, that love lasts forever in the universe. Love never ends. Satan’s big lie was that hatred, fear, sin, and death can sometimes conquer love. No. Time makes them fade, while love endures forever. Love—love in any form whatsoever, any love that is ever loved—remains and is gradually filling the vast expanse of the universe.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    • A. transpire
    • B. denudate
    • C. abhor
    • D. rumpus

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