wide

Definitions

  • A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
    A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wide not on target "the kick was wide","the arrow was wide of the mark","a claim that was wide of the truth"
    • adj wide having ample fabric "the current taste for wide trousers","a full skirt"
    • adj wide 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"
    • adj wide very large in expanse or scope "a broad lawn","the wide plains","a spacious view","spacious skies"
    • adj wide (used of eyes) fully open or extended "stared with wide eyes"
    • adj wide 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"
    • adj wide great in degree "won by a wide margin"
    • adv wide to or over a great extent or range; far "wandered wide through many lands","he traveled widely"
    • adv wide with or by a broad space "stand with legs wide apart","ran wide around left end"
    • adv wide far from the intended target "the arrow went wide of the mark","a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
    • adv wide to the fullest extent possible "open your eyes wide","with the throttle wide open"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge
"TOOK UP HIS BUNDLE AND WENT OUT THE WIDE GATE" "TOOK UP HIS BUNDLE AND WENT OUT THE WIDE GATE"
Twin Carriers for Kiln Doors 18 to 35 Feet wide Twin Carriers for Kiln Doors 18 to 35 Feet wide

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is 2,500 feet in length, 600 feet wide, and 250 feet high.
    • Wide Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like. "Our wide expositors.""It is far wide that the people have such judgments.""How wide is all this long pretense !"
    • Wide Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference. "This wyde world.""For sceptered cynics earth were far too wide a den.""When the wide bloom, on earth that lies,
      Seems of a brighter world than ours."
    • 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. "The chambers and the stables weren wyde .""Wide is the gate . . . that leadeth to destruction."
    • Wide (Stock Exchanges) Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.
    • Wide (Phon) 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 ē (ēve) is ĭ (ĭll); of ā (āte) is ĕ (ĕnd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 13-15.
    • 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 .
    • Wide Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding. "Men of strongest head and widest culture."
    • Wide On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc. "Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand.""I was but two bows wide ."
    • Wide Remote; distant; far. "The contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God."
    • Wide So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.
    • Wide So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.
    • Wide That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.
    • Wide That which is wide; wide space; width; extent. "The waste wide of that abyss."
    • Wide To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide . "I] went wyde in this world, wonders to hear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The honeybee kills more people world-wide than all the poisonous snakes combined.
    • wide Having relatively great or considerable extension from side to side; broad: as, wide cloth; a wide hall: opposed to narrow.
    • wide Having (a certain or specified) extension as measured from side to side; having (a specified) width or breadth: as, cloth a yard wide.
    • wide Of great horizontal extent; spacious; extensive; vast; great: as, the wide ocean.
    • wide Embracing many subjects; looking at a question from many points of view; applicable to many cases: as, a person of wide culture.
    • wide Capacious; bulging; loose; voluminous.
    • wide Distended; expanded; spread apart; hence, open.
    • wide Apart or remote from a specified point; distant; hence, remote from the direct line or object aimed at; too far or too much to one side; deviating; errant; wild: as, a wide arrow in archery; a wide ball in cricket.
    • wide Amiss; unfortunate; ill; bad; hence, of little avail; useless.
    • wide In phonetics, uttered with a comparatively relaxed or expanded condition of the walls of the buccal cavity: said by some phonetists of certain vowels, as ĕ, ĭ, ŏ, ŭ, when compared with ā, ē, â, ė.
    • wide Synonyms Wide, Broad, spacious, large, ample. Wide and broad may be synonymous, but broad is generally the larger and more emphatic: a wide river is not thought of as so far across as a broad river. Wide is sometimes more applicable to that which is to be passed through: as, a wide mouth or aperture. It is another way of stating this fact to say that wide has more in mind than broad the limiting sides of the thing. Wide is also more generally applicable to that of which the length is much greater than the width, but not to the exclusion of broad. Each may in a secondary sense be used of length and breadth: as, broad acres; a wide domain.
    • n wide Wideness; breadth; extent.
    • n wide In cricket, a ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts one against the side that is bowling.
    • wide To a distance; afar; widely; a long way; abroad; extensively.
    • wide Away or to one side of the mark, aim, purpose, or direct line; hence, astray.
    • wide Round about; in the neighborhood around.
    • wide To make wide; spread or set far apart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most widely culticated fruit in the world is the Apple.The second is the Pear.
    • adj Wide wīd extended far: having a considerable distance between: broad: distant: bulging, expanded: deviating, errant, wild
    • n Wide wideness: in cricket, a ball that goes wide of the wicket, counting one to the batting side
    • n Wide a kind of soft felt hat
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Quotations

  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The difference is wide that sheets will not decide.”
  • Tony Arata
    Tony Arata
    “I'll do my dreaming with my eyes wide open, and I'll do my looking back with my eyes closed.”
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas%20Adams
    “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief.”
  • Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash
    “How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

Idioms

Cast your net widely - If you cast your net widely, you use a wide range of sources when trying to find something.
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Wide berth - If you give someone a wide berth, you keep yourself well away from them because they are dangerous.
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Wide of the mark - If something is wide of the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wid, wyde, AS. wīd,; akin to OFries. & OS. wīd, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. wīt, Icel. vīðr, Sw. & Dan. vid,; of uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

Then he emerges into a wide hallway, and strolls over opposite.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Two great elms still shaded the wide portico.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
At its mouth it is two miles wide and sixty-six feet deep; and five hundred miles up it is a mile wide.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The spectators, grouped about her in a wide circle, admired her skill.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The wide high road stood up before them, climbing the ridge, to drop down into Wendover.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It made them realize that a wide-awake aggregation was in town.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Dalrymple sat up suddenly and listened, wide awake at once.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Twin door carrier for doors 18 to 35 feet wide 232 88.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Over woodland and heath, over river and marsh they fled away, up to the wild moor; and over this they hovered in wide circles.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Not until the parts were made in separate pieces did the iron plow come into wide use.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
The idea still widely obtains that our national parks are principally playgrounds.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
It should be wide, to leave room for him.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
This picture is one foot five inches high and one foot two inches wide.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Floating Lily's brown eyes opened wide and her flower-petal lips curved in a wide, toothless smile.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
They were a man and a woman, watching me with wide, half-curious, half-frightened eyes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The conspiracy was world-wide.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
A mass of lean bodies, with faces ugly and brutal where sleep-filled eyes opened wide and glaring!
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Convention is rigid in these Colombian river towns; but it is widely inclusive.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
We sat on a settee or sofa, she had hold of my prick, and I her cunt, for she now sat with thighs quite wide open.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The wide street was swept by a keen wind, and Martin found the night even rawer than he had anticipated.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
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In poetry:

Floating high, floating wide,--
We can see it from far,
Our flag, it's the flag,
We can count every star!
"Flag Song" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Salvation to the name
Of our adored Christ!
Through the wide earth his grace proclaim,
His glory in the high'st.
"Hymn 17" by Isaac Watts
I shall behold him, one day, nigh.
Assailed with glory keen,
My eyes will open wide, and I
Shall see as I am seen.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
If I did seem to you no more
Than to myself I seem,
Not thus you would fling wide the door,
And on the beggar beam!
"To Any Friend" by George MacDonald
Canst thou not rest, O city,
That liest so wide and fair;
Shall never an hour bring pity,
Nor end be found for care?
"The City (2)" by Archibald Lampman
Through the little window yonder
All the wide world and the wonder,
And the wind in the tree,
And the sky, and the sea?
"School" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Widely Acclaimed Debut Novel Set in 2008 Financial Crisis.
New Orleans Saints defensive back Marquis Johnson (49) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass.
Not since Julio Jones has a true freshman wide receiver been talked about as much as Amari Cooper.
Find out fast with powerful, free software that gives you a network-wide at-a-glance view of fragmentation accumulation.
A new procedure that is not widely used can be much easier and less expensive for patients.
Female Kurdish militia leader widely reported as killed by Syrian rebels turns up alive.
Samohi wide receiver Jason King makes a catch against Palisades last week.
Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley talks to the media at the Big 12 football media days Wednesday in Irving, Texas.
There is a county park with a wide boat ramp near Riviera Beach.
Thursday's announcement by the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee was widely expected.
T he holidays offer a perfect time to go to the theater with local productions for theater fans from wide-eyed kids to old cynics.
It's wide and it's real.
It gets 2-3' tall by about 3' wide.
Facing the issue of wide- bodied passengers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) slips between Washington Redskins more.
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In science:

The validity of the random matrix approach has been confirmed by many lattice QCD simulations in a wide parameter range.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Let T be a definable κ-tree definable in the very wide sense.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
Secondly |Tα | ≤ 2α < κ. T is definable in the very wide sense in Hκ by (4.4).
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
However, the following two propositions give a wide class of groups, for which the bundle is nontrivial starting at some k .
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
Random matrix theory has been widely used to model the behavior of complex quantum systems [1,2].
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Again, a number of lines from atomic species, covering an extremely wide range of ionization conditions, are observable in the far-IR.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
There are two ma jor problems yet to be solved before the cooling flow model is widely accepted.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
Examples will be given from two problems that have been widely studied: the “spin glass” and the “random field model”.
Computer Science in Physics
Again there are experimental systems which have been widely studied but which space does not allow me to discuss.
Computer Science in Physics
We argue that the ’burst’ found in the time-series of the density is resposible for the correlation of noise power over a wide range of frequencies.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
It is known (see ) that for a wide class of measures on nilpotent groups H (n) ≍ ln(n).
Drift and entropy growth for random walks on groups
The Gauhati University group has reviewed evidence for pulses at a wide range of frequencies .
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
Highly magnetised rapidly spinning neutron stars are widely considered to be natural sites for acceleration of charged particles.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
But the widely discussed pre-heating hypothesis can under some conditions also provide the necessary similarity-breaking.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Control of the clusterization, in turn, allows the generation of a wide variety of topologies.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
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