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spread out

1. adjective Scattered, sprawled, or distributed across a wide area. I think having all of the evidence spread out in front of us will help us wrap our heads around this case. The houses are too spread out in this are for there to be a real sense of community.
2. verb To be or become scattered, sprawled, or distributed across a wide area. You're all so close together—why don't you spread out a little bit. The water began spreading out across the surface of the floor.
3. verb To scatter, sprawled, or distribute someone or something across a wide surface area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spread" and "out." We need to spread our players out a bit more on the field. Be sure to spread out the paint evenly so that there aren't any blotches.
4. verb To disperse or distribute someone or something across a wide region. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spread" and "out." We've spread our volunteers out to every part of the country in an effort to get our candidate elected. If you spread out your resources too thinly, then you'll do a lot of things poorly, rather than doing one or two things very well.
5. verb To extend or enlarge to a fuller length or width; to stretch out. As the city spreads out into the suburbs, public transportation becomes less common and less reliable. The fish can spread out to nearly twice its size to scare off predators.
6. verb To cause something extend or enlarge to a fuller length or width; to stretch something out. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spread" and "out." The bird is able to spread its wings out to nearly six feet in length. I can spread out this futon for you if you want to spend the night.
See also: out, spread

spread something out

to open, unfold, or lay something over a wider area. Spread the wet papers out so they will dry. She spread out the papers to dry them.
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spread out

to separate and distribute over a wide area. The sheriff told the members of the posse to spread out and continue their search. The wine spread out and stained a large area of the carpet.
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spread out

v.
1. To open something to a fuller extent or width; stretch something out: The bat spread out its wings and flew through the cave. We spread the blanket out and sat down for a picnic.
2. To be extended or enlarged: The butter spread out across the pan as it melted. The bird's wings spread out to a span of ten feet.
3. To make wider the gap between some things or people; move some things or people farther apart: Your hand can cover the hole if you spread out your fingers. The instructor spread the dancers out across the floor.
4. To become distributed or widely dispersed: The cracks spread out across the windshield. We spread out to search the field.
5. To distribute something over a surface in a layer: The chef spread out the frosting with a spatula. Start by applying a splotch of paint to the wall, and spread it out with a fine brush.
6. To make a wide or extensive arrangement of something: The magician spread out the cards and asked us to choose one. We spread the bicycle parts out on the floor.
7. To be exhibited, displayed, or visible in broad or full extent: The prairie spread out in front of the pioneers.
8. To display the full extent of something. Used in the passive: The vast landscape was spread out before us.
See also: out, spread
References in classic literature ?
His plan for cessation of hostilities through the night evidently met with Jav's entire approval, for he caused his forces to form themselves in orderly utans and march just within the edge of the wood, where they were soon busily engaged in preparing their evening meal, and spreading down their sleeping silks and furs for the night.
To understand AF, think of a wave of contraction spreading down the heart's upper chamber like ripples spreading out on a pool.
The teen ate a handful of them on the way to school and 30 minutes later was struggling to breathe as a rash started to develop quickly across her neck, spreading down her body.
Professor Helen Roy at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, who organises the UK Ladybird Survey, told the BBC that the insects started in the north of England where the weather first turned cool, before spreading down the country.
A rash then usually develops starting from the head and spreading down the body.
The art work sees poppies emerging from a window high on the front of the cathedral, spreading down to cover part of the steps.
After a few days, a red-brown spotty rash will appear on the face and upper neck, spreading down the body.
"After a few days a red-brown spotty rash appears which starts on the face and upper neck, spreading down the upper body and then extends to the arms, hands, legs and feet.
A Warwickshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said 40 per cent of the building was on fire, with the flames spreading down from the roof space to the first floor.
The trademark rash of spots associated with measles normally appears a few days later on the neck or hairline and spreading down the body.
Photos on Twitter appear to show the fire starting in one of the upper stories, and spreading down the building.
So far weather maps show a paw-shaped "red" zone of Icelandic ash spreading down to Scotland but sparing Germany, after the Grimsvotn volcano erupted on Saturday.
The most common symptoms are fever, coughs, sore eyes and a rash that develops three to four days after the onset of illness, starting with the face and head and spreading down the body.
Julian Mayes, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "We're basically looking at potential icy conditions spreading down from the north so the emphasis is on icy roads following rain.
The floods hit Pakistan more than two weeks ago, beginning in the northwest before spreading down the country and inundating thousands of villages.