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[verb out-spred; adjective out-spred; noun out-spred] /verb ˌaʊtˈsprɛd; adjective ˈaʊtˈsprɛd; noun ˈaʊtˌsprɛd/
verb (used with or without object), outspread, outspreading.
to spread out; extend:
an eagle outspreading its wings.
spread out; stretched out:
outspread arms.
diffused abroad; widely disseminated:
The outspread news had traveled quickly.
the act of spreading out; expansion:
the rapid outspread of the early American colonists.
something that is spread out; an expanse:
a vast outspread of rich farmland.
Origin of outspread
1300-50; Middle English outspredden (v.). See out-, spread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the corner of the kitchen stood a box of white pigskin with beaten brass clasps made like the outspread wings of a butterfly.

  • Happy the man who sees from either aspect the glory of these outspread wings.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • It was "Wildcat Rag," and Milton struck the outspread newspaper with his clenched fist.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • At Passy we were received with shrugging shoulders and outspread hands.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • He crossed himself cautiously, dipped his brush, and began to paint the outspread tails of two peacocks above a frontispiece.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • With outspread wings he flew in large circles over Heidi's head.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • The American eagle stands with outspread wings guarding a shield, with the motto E pluribus unum.

  • Jessop, with staring eyes and outspread hands, backed to the wall.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • An eagle with outspread wings overshadows the upper part of the gate, which is thirty feet in height by twenty in breadth.

  • He hurried across the room and guarded the telephone with outspread arms.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for outspread


verb (ˌaʊtˈsprɛd) -spreads, -spreading, -spread
to spread out or cause to spread out
adjective (ˈaʊtˈsprɛd)
spread or stretched out
scattered or diffused widely
noun (ˈaʊtˌsprɛd)
a spreading out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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