wide
I. adjective (wider; widest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wīd; akin to Old High German wīt wide Date: before 12th century 1. a. having great extent ; vast <
a wide area
>
b. extending over a vast area ; extensive <
a wide reputation
>
c. extending throughout a specified area or scope — usually used in combination <
nationwide
>
<
industry-wide
>
d. comprehensive, inclusive <
a wide assortment
>
2. a. having a specified extension from side to side <
3 feet wide
>
b. having much extent between the sides ; broad <
a wide doorway
>
c. fully opened <
wide-eyed
>
d. lax 4 3. a. extending or fluctuating considerably between limits <
a wide variation
>
b. straying or deviating from something specified — used with of <
the accusation was wide of the truth
>
4. of an animal ration relatively rich in carbohydrate as compared with protein Synonyms: see broadwideness noun II. adverb (wider; widest) Date: before 12th century 1. a. over a great distance or extent ; widely <
searched far and wide
>
b. over a specified distance, area, or extent — usually used in combination <
expanded the business country-wide
>
2. a. so as to leave much space or distance between <
placed wide apart
>
b. so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance <
ran wide around left end
>
3. to the fullest extent ; completely, fully <
wide open
>

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  • Wide — (w[imac]d), a. [Compar. {Wider} ( [ e]r); superl. {Widest}.] [OE. wid, wyde, AS. w[=i]d; akin to OFries. & OS. w[=i]d, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. w[=i]t, Icel. v[=i][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. vid; of uncertain origin.] 1. Having considerable distance or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wide — [wīd] adj. wider, widest [ME < OE wid, akin to Ger weit < IE * wi itos, lit., gone apart (< bases * wi , apart + * ei , to go) > L vitare, lit., to go away from, avoid] 1. extending over a large area; esp., extending over a larger… …   English World dictionary

  • wide — ► ADJECTIVE (wider, widest) 1) of great or more than average width. 2) (after a measurement and in questions) from side to side. 3) open to the full extent. 4) including a great variety of people or things. 5) spread among a large number or over… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wide — Wide, n. 1. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent. The waste wide of that abyss. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wide — rather than widely is used in a number of fixed expressions such as wide apart, wide awake, and wide open, as an element in the word widespread, and in the phrases hit (or shoot) wide and open one s eyes wide …   Modern English usage

  • WIDE — bezeichnet das: WIDE Projekt WIDE Netzwerk Women in Development Europe ist ein Zusammenschluss entwicklungspolitischer NROs in Österreich Wide ist der Familienname von: Edvin Wide (1896–1996), schwedischer Leichtathlet …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • WIDE — may refer to:*WIDE LP, a radio station (99.1 FM) licensed to Madison, Wisconsin, United States *Wide angle Infinity Display Equipment *WIDE Project (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) *Women in Development Europe …   Wikipedia

  • Wide — Wide, adv. [As. w[imac]de.] 1. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide. [1913 Webster] [I] went wyde in this world, wonders to hear. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. So as to leave or have a great… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wide — O.E. wid, from P.Gmc. *widas (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. wid, O.N. viðr, Du. wijd, O.H.G. wit, Ger. weit), perhaps from PIE *wi ito , from root *wi apart, away. Wide open unguarded, exposed to attack (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • wide — [adj1] expansive, roomy advanced, allinclusive, ample, baggy, broad, capacious, catholic, commodious, comprehensive, deep, dilated, distended, encyclopedic, expanded, extensive, far ranging, far reaching, full, general, immense, inclusive, large …   New thesaurus

  • wide — index broad, capacious, comprehensive, copious, extensive, far reaching, generic, inclusive, liberal (not liter …   Law dictionary

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