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Definition of Spread


  1. An arbitrage transaction operated by buying and selling simultaneously in two separate markets, as Chicago and New York, when there is an abnormal difference in price between the two markets. It is called a back spreadwhen the difference in price is less than the normal one.
  2. Surface in proportion to the depth of a cut stone.
  3. of Spread
  4. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail.
  5. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space.
  6. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; -- often acompanied by abroad.
  7. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
  8. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
  9. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
  10. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.
  11. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand.
  12. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.
  13. To be made known more extensively, as news.
  14. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city.
  15. Extent; compass.
  16. Expansion of parts.
  17. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.
  18. A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast.
  19. A privilege which one person buys of another, of demanding certain shares of stock at a certain price, or of delivering the same shares of stock at another price, within a time agreed upon.
  20. An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.
  21. imp. & p. p. of Spread, v.
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Spread Translations

spread in Afrikaans is afgee
spread in Dutch is verspreiden, verbreiden, afgeven
spread in French is enduire
spread in German is Aufstrich {m} (Brot-)
spread in Italian is espandersi, verniciare, spargere
spread in Latin is spargo sparsi sparsum
spread in Spanish is propagar, cobertor, extender, cancelar
spread in Swedish is utbreda, utbredning, sprida, breda ut