Definitions for spread
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word spread.
process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
"gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
ranch, spread, cattle ranch, cattle farmnoun
farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
a haphazard distribution in all directions
a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes
banquet, feast, spreadnoun
a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
"a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread"
spread, spread head, spreadhead, facing pagesnoun
two facing pages of a book or other publication
the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)
"she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread"
bedspread, bedcover, bed cover, bed covering, counterpane, spreadnoun
decorative cover for a bed
act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
distributed or spread over a considerable extent
"has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out
"a table spread with food"
fully extended in width
"outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide"
distribute or disperse widely
"The invaders spread their language all over the country"
become distributed or widespread
"the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population"
spread across or over
"A big oil spot spread across the water"
unfold, spread, spread out, openverb
spread out or open from a closed or folded state
"open the map"; "spread your arms"
circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass aroundverb
cause to become widely known
"spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
go around, spread, circulateverb
become widely known and passed on
"the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"
spread, scatter, spread outverb
strew or distribute over an area
"He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
diffuse, spread, spread out, fan outverb
"The soldiers fanned out"
cover by spreading something over
"spread the bread with cheese"
distribute over a surface in a layer
"spread cheese on a piece of bread"
The act of spreading or something that has been spread.
An expanse of land.
A large tract of land used to raise livestock; a cattle ranch
A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).
A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.
Any form of food designed to be spread such as butters or jams
An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.
A numerical difference.
The difference between the wholesale and retail prices.
To stretch out, open out (a material etc.) so that it more fully covers a given area of space.
He spread his newspaper on the table.
To extend (individual rays, limbs etc.); to stretch out in varying or opposing directions.
I spread my arms wide and welcomed him home.
To disperse, to scatter or distribute over a given area.
I spread the rice grains evenly over the floor.
To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated.
To disseminate; to cause to proliferate, to make (something) widely known or present.
The missionaries quickly spread their new message across the country.
To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended.
I dropped my glass; the water spread quickly over the tiled floor.
To smear, to distribute in a thin layer.
She liked to spread butter on her toast while it was still hot."
To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter.
He always spreads his toast with peanut butter and strawberry jam.
To open one's legs.
The difference between the price of a futures month and the price of another month of the same commodity.
The purchase of a futures contract of one delivery month against the sale of another futures delivery month of the same commodity.
The purchase of one delivery month of one commodity against the sale of that same delivery month of a different commodity.
An arbitrage transaction of the same commodity in two markets, executed to take advantage of a profit from price discrepancies.
The difference between bidding and asking price.
The difference between the prices of two similar items.
Etymology: From spreden, from sprædan, from spraidijanan, from (s)per-. Cognate with West Frisian spriede, spriedjen, Dutch spreiden, spreden, German spreiten, spreida, spreie, Swedish sprida.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
I have got a fine spread of improveable lands, and am already ploughing up some, fencing others. Addison.
No flower hath that spread of the woodbind. Francis Bacon.
Etymology: spredan , Saxon; spreyden, Dutch.
He bought a field where he had spread his tent. Gen. xxxiii.
Rizpah spread sackloth for her upon the rock. 2 Sam. xxi.
Make the trees more tall, more spread, and more hasty than they use to be. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish. Jer. x.
Her cheeks their freshness lose and wonted grace,
And an unusual paleness spreads her face. George Granville.
The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold. Isa. xl. 19.
Spread o’er the silver waves thy golden hair. William Shakespeare.
He arose from kneeling, with his hands spread up to heaven, and he blessed the congregation. 1 Kings viii. 54.
The stately trees fast spread their branches. John Milton.
Deep in a rich alcove the prince was laid,
Fast by his side Pisistratus lay spread,
In age his equal, on a splendid bed. Alexander Pope.
They, when departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. Matth. ix. 31.
Their course thro’ thickest constellations held,
They spread their bane. John Milton.
To extend or expand itself.
Can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? Job xxxvi. 29.
The princes of Germany had but a dull fear of the greatness of Spain, upon a general apprehension only of their spreading and ambitious designs. Francis Bacon.
Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall. Francis Bacon.
Great Pan, who wont to chase the fair,
And lov’d the spreading oak, was there. Joseph Addison, Cato.
The valley opened at the farther end spreading forth into an immense ocean. Addison.
Spread, in the general sense, is used to refer to the extent, scope, range or distribution of something over an area or surface. It can be the act of opening, widening, or stretching something out or the dispersion of a mass of something across a particular area. It can also pertain to the difference between two or more distinct elements. The context often determines its specific meaning.
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
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
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
to propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease
to diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance
to strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground
to prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table
to extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand
to be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty
to be made known more extensively, as news
to be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city
expansion of parts
a cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed
a table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast
a privilege which one person buys of another, of demanding certain shares of stock at a certain price, or of delivering the same shares of stock at another price, within a time agreed upon
an unlimited expanse of discontinuous points
imp. & p. p. of Spread, v
A spread is a food that is literally spread, generally with a knife, onto bread, crackers, or other food products. Spreads are added to food to provide flavor and texture, and are an integral part of the dish, i.e. they should be distinguished from condiments, which are optional additions. Spreads should also be distinguished from dips, which generally are not applied to food via a knife or similar utensil, such as salsa. Common spreads include dairy spreads, plant spreads, margarines, yeast spreads and meat spreads.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spred, v.t. to scatter abroad or in all directions: to stretch: to extend: to overlay: to shoot out, as branches: to circulate, as news: to cause to affect numbers, as a disease: to diffuse: to set with provisions, as a table.—v.i. to extend or expand in all directions: to be extended or stretched: to be propagated or circulated:—pa.t. and pa.p. spread.—n. extent: compass: expansion of parts: that which is spread out, a feast: a cover for a bed or a table.—adj. having a broad surface: shallower than the standard.—adj. Spread′-ea′gle, like an eagle with the wings stretched out, bombastic, boastful.—n. (naut.) a person seized in the rigging, a passenger thus made to pay his entrance forfeit.—ns. Spread′-ea′gleism, a bombastic and frothy patriotism; Spread′er, one who, or that which, spreads, one who publishes or extends: any machine or implement for helping to scatter.—p.adj. Spread′ing.—adv. Spread′ingly, increasingly.—Spread a fleet, to keep more open order. [A.S. sprǽdan; Dut. spreiden, Ger. spreiten.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2266
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Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2557
Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Nouns Frequency: #2032
Rank popularity for the word 'spread' in Verbs Frequency: #348
The numerical value of spread in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of spread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Ten years ago, in order to be able to spread news, you were supposed to have a major in journalism, have a press card, and be called a journalist. Otherwise, you couldn`t. Now, to spread the news, all you need is a social media account.
I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread
Unfortunately, that better sense is not encouraging because we're seeing community spread, and whenever you see community spread, you can do contact tracing, but as more community spread it becomes logistically more difficult.
We have the capacity to keep this contained in god forbid it spread, spread, spread.
You are right on target when you say that mad scientists have a total disregard for the wellbeing of others. We don't want to spread evil we just see no point in bothering to spread good.
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- šířit, namazatCzech
- sprede, opdækning, spredning, festmåltid, udbredelse, omfang, smørepålæg, opredning, spændvidde, fordele, udbrede, brede, strø, smøreDanish
- Aufstrich, beschmieren, verteilen, bestreichen, verbreiten, ausstreuen, ausbreiten, auftragen, spreizenGerman
- esparcir, diseminar, extender, divulgar, dispersar, difundirSpanish
- levittää, hajottaa, levite, hajonta, peite, levitys, levitä, sirottaa, tasoittaaFinnish
- écarter, étaler, disperser, s'étendre, répandre, diffuser, étendre, éparpillerFrench
- ken, terjeszt, terjedHungarian
- imbandigione, sparpagliare, spartire, spalmare, allargare, diffondere, spargereItalian
- 展開, 拡散, 掛け, 広げる, 塗る, 伸ばす, 開く, 散らす, 裂く, ばら撒く, 広がるJapanese
- 다리를 벌리다Korean
- قاچ کردنهوه, بڵاوکردنهوهKurdish
- простирка, ширење, трпеза, прекривка, простирање, намаз, пространство, расфрла, поделува, мачка, се простира, шири, намачкува, распространува, растура, простира, размачкува, се распространува, раширува, премачкуваMacedonian
- verbreiden, besmeren, spreiden, uitspreiden, uitbreiden, strekken, verbreden, smeren, uitstrekken, stretchen, vergroten, bestrijken, verspreiden, verwijden, uitsmeren, uitstrooienDutch
- podzielić, rozprzestrzeniać, rozłożyć, rozprzestrzeniać się, smarować, rozsmarować, rozsmarowywaćPolish
- espalhar, espalhamento, alastrar, difundir, estender, passarPortuguese
- așterne, întindeRomanian
- покрывало, пиршество, простирание, разворот, распространение, распространить, раскидать, распространяться, протянуть, намазывать, распространиться, раздвигать, намазать, распространять, раздвинуть, раскидывать, протягиватьRussian
- spridning, bre, vidgning, bokuppslag, pålägg, tidningsuppslag, uppslag, bredbar, mittuppslag, utsprida, sprida, breda, sträcka, skingra, vidgaSwedish
- enea, sambaa, enezaSwahili
- yayılmak, yaymak, sürmekTurkish
- پھیلاو, پھیلاؤUrdu
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