• WordNet 3.6
    • n widening the act of making something wider
    • n widening a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
    • n widening an increase in width
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  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    “When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.”


In literature:

The room widened after she had gone.
"August First" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
The actor is not encouraged to widen his knowledge of the drama.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Ruiz tasted eagerly and his eyes sparkled and widened.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
They lie along either side, and reach into the tributary widenings.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
In Kootanie George's eyes where there had come to be a widening of slow astonishment during the brief struggle now was a dawning admiration.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
Each day the lead continued to widen before us, and each day we looked anxiously southward along the trail for Marvin and Borup to come up.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
The great bulk towered above him, and the cadet's eyes widened in amazement at the size of the fallen giant.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
The clearing widened and the numbers of savage converts increased definitely.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Widening to a great pit.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Alexander stood for a moment gazing with widened and terrified eyes.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

Sound on, too, hammer of the thought,
To widen human good,
And forge between each yearning heart
The links of brotherhood.
"Anvil And Newspaper" by Alexander Anderson
Nostrils widen'd to the air,
As above the wine brimm'd bowl:
Men and women everywhere
Breath'd the fierce, sweet Bacchic soul.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"The rivers widen their channels,
The seas have their grasp on the land;
I watch the beginnings of planets,
I know and I understand.
"The Secret Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
"So much to do for all our kind,
To widen love, to lighten pain,
To move the heart, to shape the mind,
And stand upon a nobler plane.
"Life's Little Day" by Alexander Anderson
I steep'd myself in bubbling wells of sense,
Nor felt my passion tire,
But widen'd out in the omnipotence
Of young-fledged, sweet desire.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Rest here, beneath the unmoving shade,
And on the silent valleys gaze,
Winding and widening, till they fade
In yon soft ring of summer haze.
"A Summer Ramble" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Congress Widens Hate Crimes Law to Include Gender Identity .
Though it's only just been gathering attention on this side of the pond, Britain has been buffeted by a widening scandal.
10/17: Widening air war over Gaza.
Israel, Egypt talk Gaza ceasefire as strikes widen.
Immigration Fight Widens to Native Born.
The war in Syria widens by the day.
My eyes widened in horror when I saw the tiny runway.
Paducah City Commission Passes Olivet Church Road Widening.
Is pushing the boundaries of functional ingredients while widening its appeal.
Repeats to widen distribution, no changes to headline or text.
Some downtown waterfront owners have been at odds with the city and the state over the plans widen Beach Boulevard and build a downtown harbor.
Widener has a strong memory and fascination with calendars, history, dates and numbers, which he combines with visual art.
South Outerbelt widening begins next year.
( Widener ) Lewis passed away on Thursday, October, 11th, 2012 at the age of 96.
Widening Advancement for Youth at Brandon Schools.

In science:

Consequently, the richness of the astronomical forcing effectively widens the parameter range for which synchronization occurs, compared to a periodic forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
This generality might be a drawback concerning efficiency compared to other algorithms like Closeby-One [8, 1], but widens its field of applications.
A Generalized Next-Closure Algorithm -- Enumerating Semilattice Elements from a Generating Set
This widening reduces the number of reflections required to transport a neutron beam compared to a straight neutron guide of the same length, but it also introduces optical changes that add complexities that have only recently become apparent.
Correction of Optical Aberrations in Elliptic Neutron Guides
By providing the distances to a large set of red giants in our Galaxy, Gaia will bring substantial additional data for those studies, widening the range of stellar parameters and relating the zero points of the relations to a direct measurement.
Standard candles from the Gaia perspective
In , various effects that can potentially widen the spectrum have been discussed and found that they are all negligible except the effect of scattering of the neutrinos off the nuclei inside the Sun.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)