spread out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spread out set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series "the houses were strung out in a long row"
    • v spread out spread out or open from a closed or folded state "open the map","spread your arms"
    • v spread out move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed","The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"
    • v spread out turn outward "These birds can splay out their toes","ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
    • v spread out move outward "The soldiers fanned out"
    • v spread out extend in one or more directions "The dough expands"
    • v spread out strew or distribute over an area "He spread fertilizer over the lawn","scatter cards across the table"
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  • Yoshida Kenko
    Yoshida Kenko
    “To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is pleasure beyond compare.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.”


In literature:

The weed is carted home, spread out, and dried.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
Bat Harker was less affected by the things spread out before him.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Thousands of horsemen spread out in an immense circle, making the tent of the emperor the central point.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Santa Anna, still sitting on his horse, spread out his hands.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The camp spread out further and further, and assumed military form.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Under the big pine tree, where the ground was the levelest of any place in the yard, Alice had them spread out all their burrs.
"Mary Jane--Her Visit" by Clara Ingram Judson
Melons in frames do better spread out on the beds than when trained on trellises.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Don't spread out too far, girls, and go slowly.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It slowly spread out, filled the deep ravines, and crept up to Rupert's embankment.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
They walked on in the now fast gathering darkness through a part of the village where the houses were rather spread out.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes

In poetry:

I saw no sun in any place;
A ghastly glow about me spread,
Unlike the light of nights and days,
From out the depth where writhe the dead.
"Methought, through many years and lands," by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Love hung the sun in his high place
To give me light to see her face,
And love spread out the veil of night
To hide us two from all men's sight.
"Raison D'Etre" by Edith Nesbit
For such as you, I do believe,
Spirits their softest carpets weave.
And spread them out with gracious hand
Wherever you walk, wherever you stand.
"The Mother In The House" by Hermann Hagedorn
Were pining to go from whence he came,
Leaving my arm empty and heart in pain,
Longing to spread out his wings and fly
To his native home far beyond the sky
"My Baby" by Nora Pembroke
He sent, his holy angel to unbind
My limbs — his Spirit, to compose my mind,
His spreading wings he kindly o'er me threw,
And out of all my pressing troubles drew.
"A Thanksgiving, For Relief From One's Enemies" by Rees Prichard
When the earth is clad in gloom,
And the dark clouds coldly frown,
Nature—like a wintry tomb
Wrapt in mists—its brightness gone,—
Lustre-shedding, pleasure-spreading,
Then Thy sun shines out alone.
"Autumn: Friday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

Turns out this nasty stuff washing up in the City of Kivalina is something you could spread on crackers and enjoy.
There are actually several dozen rodents, groundhogs , woodchucks spread out across North America who do the same thing as Phil.
Greg Haskell, and his battery will spend the holidays spread out among four different bases throughout Helmand Province.
"A lot of people spread dust and mold when they break out the holiday decorations," warns Bassett.
Parts are spread out over several sprues of light gray plastic.
The birds are spread out among seven zoos.
South Peak's terrain is well worth the short but scenic Tote Road transportation quad from Loon 's main area, and spreads out skiers and riders on busy days at Loon .
He said looting has been spread out over the last month, and has been in different areas of town, but suspects the culprits are related, and that some of the looting may have not been reported.
Spread out over five years.
One moment, I was standing 233 meters above Montreal on Mount Royal, looking at the city spread out before me.
Amount of tax increases and spending cuts included in the fiscal cliff, spread out over the next 10 years.
The sharp decline in numbers occurs when the insects run out of food or disease spreads throughout the swarms.
PULLMAN — The Idaho State Bengals are four-touchdown underdogs in Saturday's season opener at Washington State, but Bengals coach Mike Kramer has figured out how to beat the spread.
Check out Brad Paisley helping Sesame Street spread the word about hunger in the United States.
The cookie dough spreads itself out in the oven into nice thin rounds, just right for filling.

In science:

Thus for the higher-dimensional case D decreases with ‘time’ τ and it becomes increasingly difficult for the diffusion process to spread out as ‘time’ τ progresses.
Black Holes, Space-Filling Chains and Random Walks
The pressure in the central region is very high so the gas will spread out perpendicular to the collision direction, as in the Mair et al. (1988) simulations.
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions
Spreading out the starlight in this way increases the sky background against which each star must be measured.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
Type-2 AGNs tend to spread out of the canonical AGN-1 region and to display significantly harder X-ray spectra and a lower X-ray emissivity.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
The population of optically-classified normal galaxies and starbursts display even further spread out of the type-1 region.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey