Expanse
Expanse Ex*panse", n. [From L. expansus, p. p. of expandere. See {Expand}.] That which is expanded or spread out; a wide extent of space or body; especially, the arch of the sky. ``The green expanse.'' --Savage. [1913 Webster]

Lights . . . high in the expanse of heaven. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The smooth expanse of crystal lakes. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


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  • expansé — expansé, ée [ ɛkspɑ̃se ] adj. • 1964; de expansion;cf. lat. expansus « déployé » ♦ Techn. Qui a subi une expansion (1o). Isoler des murs avec du polystyrène expansé. ● expansé, expansée adjectif Se dit de certaines matières plastiques possédant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • expanse — expanse, amplitude, spread, stretch are comparable when they denote an area or range of considerable or conspicuous extent. Expanse is applied chiefly to vast areas open to view and usually uniform in character {pure as the expanse of Heaven… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Expanse — Ex*panse , v. t. To expand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That lies expansed unto the eyes of all. Sir. T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expanse — index area (province), area (surface), caliber (measurement), coverage (scope), degree ( …   Law dictionary

  • expanse — 1660s, from L. expansum, noun use of neut. of expansus, pp. of expandere (see EXPAND (Cf. expand)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • expanse — [n] large space, usually open amplitude, area, belt, breadth, compass, distance, domain, extension, extent, field, immensity, latitude, length, margin, orbit, plain, radius, range, reach, region, remoteness, room, scope, span, sphere, spread,… …   New thesaurus

  • expanse — ► NOUN 1) a wide continuous area of something, typically land or sea. 2) the distance to which something expands or can be expanded …   English terms dictionary

  • expanse — [ek spans′, ikspans′] n. [ME expans < L expansum, neut. pp. of expandere: see EXPAND] 1. a large, open area or unbroken surface; wide extent; great breadth 2. expansion …   English World dictionary

  • expanse — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ broad, endless, great, huge, infinite, large, limitless, long, vast, wide ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • expanse — ex|panse [ıkˈspæns] n a very large area of water, sky, land etc expanse of ▪ an expanse of blue sky vast/wide/large etc expanse ▪ the vast expanse of the ocean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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