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[ik-spans] /ɪkˈspæns/
an uninterrupted space or area; a wide extent of anything:
an expanse of water.
something that is spread out, especially over a relatively large area:
that great expanse, the sky.
expansion; extension:
the wide expanse of scientific knowledge.
Origin of expanse
1660-70; < New Latin expānsum, noun use of neuter of Latin expānsus, past participle of expandere to expand
1. sweep, reach, range, stretch. Unabridged
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  • As a well-sharpened arrow swiftly to a distance flies, thus do thou, O Cough, fly along the expanse of the earth!

  • Could any way be found to cross the expanse that lay between them and the flagship?

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Beyond an expanse of shining pavement the great black Abbey towered amidst the storm.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And as he swung it, Shann held it out over the expanse of the table.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • To an eye above them their two faces would have appeared amid the expanse like two pearls on a table of ebony.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • The grass was like an expanse of gold, and below her the valley swam in golden mist.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Then he sauntered on and surveyed the expanse of mill lawn with appraising and envious gaze.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • The expanse of foliage was surging in the wind like the waves of the sea.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for expanse


an uninterrupted surface of something that spreads or extends, esp over a wide area; stretch: an expanse of water
expansion or extension
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin expansum the heavens, from Latin expansus spread out, from expandere to expand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for expanse

1660s, from Latin expansum, noun use of neuter of expansus, past participle of expandere (see expand).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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