It was a time in America when the generation gap may have never been wider but a Knicks game could bridge even the widest.
This marvelous tribute to James Q. Wilson by Mark Kleiman deserves the widest audience.
The extensive distribution of the issue guaranteed that the essay would receive the widest possible circulation here and abroad.
Old English wid, from Proto-Germanic *widas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wid, Old Norse viðr, Dutch wijd, Old High German wit, German weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from root *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; figurative sense of "alert, knowing" is attested from 1833.