Definitions for: Spread

[n] act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
[n] decorative cover for a bed
[n] farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
[n] a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; "gap between income and outgo"; "the spread between lending and borrowing costs"
[n] a haphazard distribution in all directions
[n] two facing pages of a book or other publication
[n] process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
[n] a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers
[adj] distributed or spread over a considerable extent; "has ties with many widely dispersed friends"; "eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe"
[adj] fully extended in width; "outspread wings"; "with arms spread wide"
[adj] prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out; "a table spread with food"
[v] cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
[v] become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"
[v] distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
[v] become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population"
[v] spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
[v] distribute over a surface in a layer; "spread cheese on a piece of bread"
[v] cover by spreading something over; "spread the bread with cheese"
[v] move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
[v] strew or distribute over an area; "He spread fertilizer over the lawn"; "scatter cards across the table"
[v] spread across or over; "A big oil spot spread across the water"

Webster (1913) Definition: Spread, n.
1. An arbitrage transaction operated by buying and selling
simultaneously in two separate markets, as Chicago and New
York, when there is an abnormal difference in price
between the two markets. It is called a

back spreadwhen the difference in price is less than the
normal one.

2. (Gems) Surface in proportion to the depth of a cut stone.

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.

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

They, when they were departed, spread abroad his
fame in all that country. --Matt. ix.

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.

Spread, v. i.
1. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in
breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand.

Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall.

Governor Winthrop, and his associates at
Charlestown, had for a church a large, spreading
tree. --B. Trumbull.

2. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals
spread with difficulty.

3. To be made known more extensively, as news.

4. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease
spread into all parts of the city. --Shak.

Spread, n.
1. Extent; compass.

I have got a fine spread of improvable land.

2. Expansion of parts.

No flower hath spread like that of the woodbine.

3. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.

4. A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an
entertainment of food; a feast. [Colloq.]

5. 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. [Broker's Cant]

6. (Geom.) An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.

imp. & p. p. of Spread, v.

Spread eagle.
(a) An eagle with outspread wings, the national emblem of the
United States.
(b) The figure of an eagle, with its wings elevated and its
legs extended; often met as a device upon military
ornaments, and the like.
(c) (Her.) An eagle displayed; an eagle with the wings and
legs extended on each side of the body, as in the
double-headed eagle of Austria and Russia. See
Displayed, 2.

Synonyms: bed cover, bed covering, bedcover, bedspread, broadcast, cattle farm, cattle ranch, circularise, circularize, circulate, counterpane, diffuse, diffuse, disperse, dispersed, disseminate, distribute, distribute, distributed, extended, facing pages, fan out, gap, open, outspread, overspread, pass around, paste, prepared, propagate, ranch, scatter, scatter, spread out, spreadhead, spreading, spreading, unfold

Antonyms: collect, fold, fold up, garner, gather, pull together, turn up

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