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expanse

[ik-spans] /ɪkˈspæns/
noun
1.
an uninterrupted space or area; a wide extent of anything:
an expanse of water.
2.
something that is spread out, especially over a relatively large area:
that great expanse, the sky.
3.
expansion; extension:
the wide expanse of scientific knowledge.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Neo-Latin expānsum, noun use of neuter of Latin expānsus, past participle of expandere to expand
Synonyms
1. sweep, reach, range, stretch.
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Examples for expanse
  • Water once ran through large segments of this expanse.
  • Never before had a large, populated expanse of private land been converted into a national park.
  • In the vast expanse of space, nothing matters more than speed.
  • Seen along the edge of the sun's disk, prominences appear as bright loops against the dark expanse of space.
  • The ocean's expanse was silver, dotted with rocky islets.
  • But trying to predict how the new fence would affect the vast zebra herds that rely on that expanse of parkland was no easy task.
  • The skeleton was a thriving oasis in a vast, desertlike expanse.
  • Remove the metal fence and the expanse of concrete beyond.
  • The colors from the small crosses appear to spread onto the white expanse surrounding each intersection.
  • The vast expanse of land, water, and air surrounding the plant is still laced with lethal levels of radioactive contaminants.
British Dictionary definitions for expanse

expanse

/ɪkˈspæns/
noun
1.
an uninterrupted surface of something that spreads or extends, esp over a wide area; stretch an expanse of water
2.
expansion or extension
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin expansum the heavens, from Latin expansus spread out, from expandere to expand
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Word Origin and History for expanse
n.

1660s, from Latin expansum, noun use of neuter of expansus, past participle of expandere (see expand).

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