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Definition of Wide


  1. Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.
  2. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry.
  3. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference.
  4. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.
  5. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide.
  6. Remote; distant; far.
  7. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like.
  8. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
  9. Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of / (/ve) is / (/ll); of a (ate) is / (/nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13-15.
  10. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide.
  11. So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.
  12. So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.
  13. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.
  14. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.

Wide Quotations

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Carl Sagan

The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
J. R. R. Tolkien

My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans.
Richard Dawkins

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
Bertrand Russell

How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.
Johnny Cash
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Wide Translations

wide in Afrikaans is uitgestrek
wide in Dutch is breedvoerig, ruim, groot, royaal
wide in Finnish is avara
wide in German is breit, weit, weit, Breite
wide in Italian is largo, vasto, latitudine
wide in Latin is latus, prolixus, laxus, fusus
wide in Norwegian is vid
wide in Portuguese is largamente
wide in Spanish is anchuro, vasto
wide in Swedish is vid, bred
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