spread

I. verb (spread; spreading) Etymology: Middle English spreden, from Old English -sprǣdan; akin to Old High German spreiten to spread Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to open or expand over a larger area <
spread out the map
>
b. to stretch out ; extend <
spread its wings for flight
>
2. a. to distribute over an area <
spread fertilizer
>
b. to distribute over a period or among a group <
spread the work over a few weeks
>
c. to apply on a surface <
spread butter on bread
>
d. (1) to cover or overlay something with <
spread the cloth on the table
>
(2) archaic to cover completely e. (1) to prepare or furnish for dining ; set <
spread the table
>
(2) serve <
spread the afternoon tea
>
3. a. to make widely known <
spread the news
>
b. to extend the range or incidence of <
spread a disease
>
c. diffuse, emit <
flowers spreading their fragrance
>
4. to push apart by weight or force intransitive verb 1. a. to become dispersed, distributed, or scattered b. to become known or disseminated <
panic spread rapidly
>
2. to grow in length or breadth ; expand 3. to move apart (as from pressure or weight) ; separatespreadability nounspreadable adjective II. noun Date: 1626 1. a. the act or process of spreading b. extent of spreading 2. something spread out: as a. a surface area ; expanse b. (1) a ranch or homestead especially in the western United States (2) West a herd of animals c. (1) a prominent display in a periodical (2) two facing pages (as of a newspaper) usually with matter running across the fold; also the matter occupying these pages 3. something spread on or over a surface: as a. a food to be spread (as on bread or crackers) <
a cheese spread
>
b. a sumptuous meal ; feast c. a cloth cover for a table or bed 4. distance between two points ; gap 5. a commodities market transaction in which a participant hedges with simultaneous long and short options in different commodities or different delivery dates in the same commodity

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