wide [wahyd] /waɪd/ Show IPA adjective, wider, widest, adverb, noun
having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad:
a wide boulevard.
having a certain or specified extent from side to side:
three feet wide.
of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious:
the wide plains of the West.
of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.:
open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended:
to stare with wide eyes.
apart or remote from a specified point or object:
a guess wide of the truth.
too far or too much to one side:
a shot wide of the mark.
The pitch was wide of the plate.
full, ample, or roomy, as clothing:
He wore wide, flowing robes.
British Slang. shrewd; wary.
to the full extent of opening:
Open your mouth wide.
to the utmost, or fully:
to be wide awake.
away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like; aside; astray:
The shot went wide.
over an extensive space or region, or far abroad:
scattered far and wide.
to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side:
The river runs wide here.
Cricket. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
Archaic. a wide space or expanse.
before 900; Middle English; Old English wīd; cognate with Dutch wijd, German weit, Old Norse vīthr
1. Wide, broad refer to dimensions. They are often interchangeable, but wide especially applies to things of which the length is much greater than the width: a wide road, piece of ribbon. Broad is more emphatic, and applies to things of considerable or great width, breadth, or extent, especially to surfaces extending laterally: a broad valley. 3. boundless; comprehensive; ample.