1. Having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive; as, an extensive farm; an extensive lake; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence; extensive greatness.
2. Capable of being extended. [Obs.]
Silver beaters choose the finest coin, as that which is most extensive under the hammer. --Boyle.
adj 1: large in spatial extent or range; "an extensive Roman
settlement in northwest England"; "extended farm
lands" [syn: extended]
2: having broad range or effect; "had extensive press
coverage"; "far-reaching changes in the social structure";
"sweeping reforms" [syn: far-reaching, sweeping]
3: large in number or quantity (especially of discourse); "she
took copious notes"; "extensive press coverage"; "a
subject of voluminous legislation" [syn: copious, voluminous]
4: great in range or scope; "an extended vocabulary"; "surgeons
with extended experience"; "extensive examples of picture
writing"; "suffered extensive damage"; "a wide selection"
[syn: extended, wide]
5: of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas
with minimal outlay and labor; "producing wheat under
extensive conditions"; "agriculture of the extensive type"