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Meaning of WIDE

Pronunciation:  wId

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  to or over a great extent or range; far; "wandered wide through many lands"; "he traveled widely"
  2. [adv]  with or by a broad space; "stand with legs wide apart"; "ran wide around left end"
  3. [adv]  far from the intended target; "the arrow went wide of the mark"; "a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
  4. [adv]  to the fullest extent possible; "open your eyes wide"; "with the throttle wide open"
  5. [adj]  not on target; "the kick was wide"; "the arrow was wide of the mark"; "a claim that was wide of the truth"
  6. [adj]  having ample fabric; "the current taste for wide trousers"; "a full skirt"
  7. [adj]  broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
  8. [adj]  great in range or scope; "an extended vocabulary"; "surgeons with extended experience"; "extensive examples of picture writing"; "suffered extensive damage"; "a wide selection"
  9. [adj]  very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"
  10. [adj]  (used of eyes) fully open or extended; "listened in round-eyed wonder"; "stared with wide eyes"
  11. [adj]  having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"
  12. [adj]  great in degree; "won by a wide margin"

WIDE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, ample, astray, beamy, big, bird's-eye, blanket(a), broad, broad-brimmed, citywide, comfortable, comprehensive, considerable, countrywide, countywide, covering, deep, encompassing, extended, extensive, fanlike, full, heavy, in breadth(p), in width(p), inaccurate, large, nationwide, open, opened, overhanging, overspreading, panoptic, panoramic, round-eyed, schoolwide, spacious, spreading, statewide, stretching(a), sweeping, thick, wide of the mark, wide-cut, wide-eyed, widely, wide-screen(a), wide-spreading
 Antonyms: narrow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wide\, a. (Stock Exchanges)
    Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and
    lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening;
    wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several
  2. \Wide\ (w[imac]d), a. [Compar. {Wider} (-[~e]r); superl.
    {Widest}.] [OE. wid, wyde, AS. w[=i]d; akin to OFries. & OS.
    w[=i]d, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. w[=i]t, Icel. v[=i][eth]r, Sw.
    & Dan. vid; of uncertain origin.]
    1. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides;
       spacious across; much extended in a direction at right
       angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide
       cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide
       hall or entry.
             The chambers and the stables weren wyde. --Chaucer.
             Wide is the gate . . . that leadeth to destruction.
                                                   --Matt. vii.
    2. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious;
       broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean;
       a wide difference. ``This wyde world.'' --Chaucer.
             For sceptered cynics earth were far too wide a den.
             When the wide bloom, on earth that lies, Seems of a
             brighter world than ours.             --Bryant.
    3. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide
       views; a wide understanding.
             Men of strongest head and widest culture. --M.
    4. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a
       direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table
       three feet wide.
    5. Remote; distant; far.
             The contrary being so wide from the truth of
             Scripture and the attributes of God.  --Hammond.
    6. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the
       like. ``Our wide expositors.'' --Milton.
             It is far wide that the people have such judgments.
             How wide is all this long pretense !  --Herbert.
    7. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise
       from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
             Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand. --Spenser.
             I was but two bows wide.              --Massinger.
    8. (Phon.) Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open
       and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to
       primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr.
       Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the
       relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr.
       Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue.
       The wide of [=e] ([=e]ve) is [i^] ([i^]ll); of [=a]
       ([=a]te) is [e^] ([e^]nd), etc. See Guide to
       Pronunciation, [sect] 13-15.
    Note: Wide is often prefixed to words, esp. to participles
          and participial adjectives, to form self-explaining
          compounds; as, wide-beaming, wide-branched,
          wide-chopped, wide-echoing, wide-extended,
          wide-mouthed, wide-spread, wide-spreading, and the
    {Far and wide}. See under {Far}.
    {Wide gauge}. See the Note under {Cauge}, 6.
  3. \Wide\, adv. [As. w[imac]de.]
    1. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent;
       as, his fame was spread wide.
             [I] went wyde in this world, wonders to hear.
    2. So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so
       as to form a large opening. --Shak.
    3. So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an
       object or purpose; aside; astray.
  4. \Wide\, n.
    1. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent. ``The waste
       wide of that abyss.'' --Tennyson.
    2. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.