• I want to spread a little sunshine
    I want to spread a little sunshine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spreading act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
    • n spreading the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
    • n spreading process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
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Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself Spread Feather grew more and more pleased with himself
Two Cots Were Shoved Together Under a Spreading Tree Two Cots Were Shoved Together Under a Spreading Tree


  • William Butler Yeats
    “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
  • Ethiopian Proverb
    Ethiopian Proverb
    “Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.”
  • R. Emmett Tyell
    R. Emmett Tyell
    “Women's liberationists spread the word that the only peaceful family is one in which either the wife is enslaved or the husband is androgynous.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.”
  • Edith Wharton
    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
  • Sister Corita Kent
    Sister Corita Kent
    “Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”


Spread the word - If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
Spread yourself too thin - If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.


In literature:

This was in the stricken area; but everywhere else the panic was spreading.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Let's spread it across the hole, an' see if that'll do.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
His sail was a piece of calico spread on a slender yard, the mast being scarcely thicker than the yard.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
As his notoriety spread, pilgrims flocked to Mecca and he preached to them attacking the idolatry of Mecca.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Typhoid fever and other diseases are probably also spread by flies.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
One of their birds, when it spreads its wings, blots out the sun.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Spread on toast and serve at once.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
Not only were the rooster's fewer in number; but he couldn't spread them, fan-fashion.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
She brought food for him to eat, and spread soft skins for him to lie upon.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
Simultaneously with the spread of Christianity still another power began to trample on the liberties of the people.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
The dome roof was a distant spread three hundred feet up in the dimness.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
He would spread ruin around, rather than lose his dollars.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
For cloth he spread a dress-length of gaudy muslin, such as Indians purchase for their squaws.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
This brilliant world a-gleam to its farthest horizon with golden, glorious sunlight, softly spread and diffused!
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Joe took it, wonder in his face, spread his elbows, and unfolded the document with its notarial seal.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The small-pox is spreading in this city to an alarming extent.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
I wish Frederick would spread a little more canvass, and bring us home one of these young ladies to Kellynch.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
From the Chickahominies and the Pamunkeys the word was spread to the other tribes.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Spread thinly with butter.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Concurrently there had been a development of seed-bearing trees, which could spread their seed, independently of swamp or lakes.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells

In poetry:

Now make thy glory known,
Gird on thy dreadful sword,
And ride in majesty to spread
The conquests of thy word.
"Psalm 45" by Isaac Watts
Watch us, while shadows lie
O'er the dim water spread;
Hear the heart's lonely sigh,
—Thine , too, hath bled!
"The Forest Sanctuary - Part II." by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
But thou for ever art the same,
O my eternal God;
Ages to come shall know thy name,
And spread thy works abroad.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts
'What once amused a vacant hour,
Shall now the day engage;
And vanity shall spread the board
Of poverty and age.
"A Tale" by John Logan
My angel, her defender
Upstanding, spreads the light
On painted clouds of fancy
And mists that touch the height.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
Songs of immortal praise belong
To my almighty God;
He has my heart, and he my tongue,
To spread his name abroad.
"Psalm 111 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

They always worry about a team scoring a late touchdown to throw off the point spread.
Spread layer of whipped cream.
Spreading out the food tasks will make the big day go easier.
Crombie Taylor, an architect and teacher who helped spread the influence of the Bauhaus to American architecture during the 1940's, died on May 24.
With me around you won't want for kitty companionship - there's 19 pounds of me to spread around.
Spread the payments without the interest.
Spreading the Word, Bit by Bit .
Spreading the Word, Bit by Bit.
A 14-acre Southampton spread with a 1915 mansion belonging to the late Howard Gittis, the charismatic consigliere to billionaire Ronald Perelman, is in contract for about $45 million, reports The Post's Jennifer Gould Keil.
In the end, Fortune and Reuters didn't have to grapple with whether to fire Jack Welch for spreading conspiracy theories on Twitter.
Unrest spread to Yemen today – as an angry mob stormed the US embassy in Sanaa – tearing down the American flag, burning it, pelting the building with rocks, and smashing windows.
Might It Spread Beyond Drones.
' Bluejay ' Spreads His Wings.
Middle-class drivers are protesting to halt the spread of officials with flashing lights and right-of-way privileges.
But are you really spreading holiday cheer with those Christmas letters.

In science:

The spread is a natural measure of the overall connectivity of a graph, and the purpose of this paper is to investigate the spread for certain models of random graph.
On the spread of random graphs
Observe first that spread is an edge-monotone function in the sense that if we add an edge to a graph then the set of Lipschitz functions becomes smaller, and thus the spread becomes smaller or remains the same.
On the spread of random graphs
We saw that w.h.p. the random regular graph G(n, d) has bounded spread for any fixed d ≥ 3, and similarly the random graph Hn,c/n has bounded spread for any fixed c > 1.
On the spread of random graphs
Is it the case that for each ε > 0 there exists c1 such that for each c ≥ c1 w.h.p. spread(Rn,c/n ) < 1/4 + ε? Theorem 1.2 suggests that the spread of G(n, d) might converge (in probability) to a constant, and similarly for Theorem 1.3 and Hn,c/n .
On the spread of random graphs
In addition to the narrower energy spread, this method also results in a velocity spread that is nearly independent of the final velocity.
High-energy-resolution molecular beams for cold collision studies
We take advantage of this reduced velocity spread in our alternate slowing protocol to produce tunable molecular beams with narrow energy spreads for collision studies.
High-energy-resolution molecular beams for cold collision studies
We have seen that for K ≤ 2N it is possible to grant each user a spreading code that is mapped into an orthogonal augmented signature at the receiver, which is of course the optimum spreading code allocation.
Spreading Code and Widely-Linear Receiver Design: Non-Cooperative Games for Wireless CDMA Networks
This system can be seen as a CDMA system employing 2N -dimensional, unit-norm, augmented spreading codes, that is codes in S . b) a CDMA system employing 2N -dimensional, unit-norm, complex spreading codes and linear detection.
Spreading Code and Widely-Linear Receiver Design: Non-Cooperative Games for Wireless CDMA Networks
In a (t − 1)-spread, S , every element of P is contained in exactly one of the (t − 1)-dimensional subspaces of S . A (t − 1)-spread is said to be nontrivial if t > 1.
Existence and construction of randomization defining contrast subspaces for regular factorial designs
The spread term depends only on the predicted spread, and is unaffected by the damping, and so the problem reduces to minimising the MSE.
Improving the expected accuracy of forecasts of future climate using a simple bias-variance tradeoff
The spreading of wavepackets in quantum mechanics is directly related to the spreading of probability densities in diffusion (see sec. 4 below).
On the generalized continuity equation
Quasirandom rumor spreading on the complete graph is as fast as randomized rumor spreading.
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
On the other hand, the ”spreading” of the square Ui to the whole G is influenced by (not) spreading of other squares Uj .
Dynamic monopolies with randomized starting configuration
When the spread of the reconstructed coordinates was larger than their bias, the spread was introduced as σ x and σy in equation 5.
A method to localize gamma-ray bursts using POLAR
By comparing the measured electron spectra with simulated ones for varying energy spread and angular distributions, we deduced an intrinsic energy spread of δ E ≈ 0.35 eV and clearly distinguished angular emission ranges for the two electron-emitting fibres of the source.
Prototype of an angular-selective photoelectron calibration source for the KATRIN experiment