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expanse

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noun
  1. an uninterrupted space or area; a wide extent of anything: an expanse of water.
  2. something that is spread out, especially over a relatively large area: that great expanse, the sky.
  3. 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

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1. sweep, reach, range, stretch.
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expanse

noun
  1. an uninterrupted surface of something that spreads or extends, esp over a wide area; stretchan expanse of water
  2. expansion or extension

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin expansum the heavens, from Latin expansus spread out, from expandere to expand
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Word Origin and History for expanse

n.

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

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