adjective, wider, widest.
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.: wide experience.
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.
Baseball. outside ( def 16 ): The pitch was wide of the plate.
full, ample, or roomy, as clothing: He wore wide, flowing robes.
Phonetics, lax ( def 7 ).
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

wideness, noun
overwide, adjective
overwidely, adverb
overwideness, noun
superwide, adjective
ultrawide, adjective

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.

1. narrow.
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a combining form of wide, forming from nouns adjectives with the general sense “extending or applying throughout a given space,” as specified by the noun: communitywide; countrywide; worldwide.
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wide (waɪd)
1.  having a great extent from side to side
2.  of vast size or scope; spacious or extensive
3.  a.  (postpositive) having a specified extent, esp from side to side: two yards wide
 b.  (in combination) covering or extending throughout: nationwide
4.  distant or remote from the desired point, mark, etc: your guess is wide of the mark
5.  (of eyes) opened fully
6.  loose, full, or roomy: wide trousers
7.  exhibiting a considerable spread, as between certain limits: a wide variation
8.  phonetics lax another word for open
9.  over an extensive area: to travel far and wide
10.  to the full extent: he opened the door wide
11.  far from the desired point, mark, etc
12.  (in cricket) a bowled ball that is outside the batsman's reach and scores a run for the batting side
13.  archaic, poetic or a wide space or extent
14.  to the wide completely
[Old English wīd; related to Old Norse vīthr, Old High German wīt]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wid, from P.Gmc. *widas (cf. O.S., O.Fris. wid, O.N. viðr, Du. wijd, O.H.G. wit, Ger. weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from base *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; fig. sense of "alert,
knowing" is attested from 1833. Widespread is recorded from 1705.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with wide, also see all wool and a yard wide; cut a wide swath; far and wide; give a wide berth to; lay (oneself wide) open; leave (wide) open; off (wide of) the mark.

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Example sentences
The other half sat in expansive postures with their legs spread wide or their
  arms reaching outward.
While gossip may spread far and wide in academia, it doesn't matter.
Often barely three feet wide and half that deep, the lowly acequia is a
  hand-dug, lovingly maintained ditch.
Those partnerships pose a wide range of payoffs and risks, the agency says.
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