Spread v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spread; p. pr. & vb. n. Spreading.]
1. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail.
He bought a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent. --Gen. xxxiii. 19.
Here the Rhone
Hath spread himself a couch. --Byron.
2. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or greater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space.
Rose, as in a dance, the stately trees, and spread
Their branches hung with copious fruit. --Milton.
3. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; -- often accompanied by abroad.
They, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. --Matt. ix. 31.
4. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
5. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
6. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
7. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.
Boiled the flesh, and spread the board. --Tennyson.
To spread cloth, to unfurl sail. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To diffuse; propagate; disperse; publish; distribute; scatter; circulate; disseminate; dispense.
adj 1: spreading over a wide area; "under the spreading chestnut
tree"; "the spreading circle of lamplight";
"wide-spreading branches" [syn: wide-spreading]
2: spreading by diffusion [syn: diffusing(a), diffusive, dispersive,
disseminative, disseminating, scattering]
n 1: process or result of distributing or extending over a wide
expanse of space [syn: spread]
2: the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
[syn: dissemination, airing, public exposure]
3: act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or
time [syn: spread]