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spread / spred/ • v. (past and past part. spread ) 1. [tr.] open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length: I spread a towel on the sand and sat down she helped Chris to spread out the map. ∎  stretch out (arms, legs, hands, fingers, or wings) so that they are far apart: the swan spread its wings. 2. [no obj. , ] extend over a large or increasing area: she stood at the window looking at the town spread out below. ∎  (spread out) (of a group of people) move apart so as to cover a wider area: the Marines spread out across the docks. ∎  distribute or disperse (something) over a certain area: volcanic eruptions spread dust high into the stratosphere. ∎  gradually reach or cause to reach a larger and larger area or more and more people: [intr.] the violence spread from the city to the suburbs | [tr.] she's always spreading rumors about other people. ∎  (of people, animals, or plants) become distributed over a large or larger area: the owls have spread as far north as Yellowknife. ∎  distribute (something) in a specified way: you can spread the payments over as long a period as you like. 3. apply (a substance) to an object or surface in an even layer: he sighed, spreading jam on a croissant. ∎  cover (a surface) with a substance in such a way: spread each slice thinly with mayonnaise. ∎  [no obj. , ] be able to be applied in such a way: the whipped butter spreads easily. 4. [tr.] archaic lay (a table) for a meal. • n. 1. the fact or process of spreading over an area: the spread of AIDS the spread of the urban population into rural areas. 2. the extent, width, or area covered by something: the male's antlers can attain a spread of six feet. ∎  the wingspan of a bird. ∎  an expanse or amount of something: the green spread of the park. ∎  a large farm or ranch. 3. the range or variety of something: a wide spread of ages. ∎  the difference between two rates or prices: the very narrow spread between borrowing and deposit rates. ∎  short for point spread. 4. a soft paste that can be applied in a layer to bread or other food. 5. an article or advertisement covering several columns or pages of a newspaper or magazine, esp. one on two facing pages: a double-page spread. ∎  a bedspread. 6. inf. a large and impressively elaborate meal. PHRASES: spread like wildfiresee wildfire. spread oneself too thin be involved in so many different activities or projects that one's time and energy are not used to good effect. spread one's wingssee wing.DERIVATIVES: spread·a·ble adj. (usu. in sense 3).

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spread A pattern of geophone groups used simultaneously to record data from a single shot. Examples of spreads include in-line, offset, interlocking, L-spread, reversed, split-spread, and T-spread. See ARRAY.

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spread pt., pp. spread stretch so as to display, send out in various directions XII; overlap with; be extended, become diffused XIII. OE. *sprǣdan (in comps. ā-. ġe-. ofer-, tōsprǣdan, and sprǣdung diffusion) = OS. tōspreidan, MLG., MDu. sprēden (Du. sprei(d)en), OHG, spreitan (G. spreiten) :- WGmc. *spraidjan, causative of *sprīdan, repr. by OHG. sprītan be extended.

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Spread

an expanse or stretch of something; food collectively.

Examples : spread of boughs, 1701; of canvas, 1691; of knowledge, 1805; of favours; of sail, 1840.

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spread See measures of variation.