- having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad: a wide boulevard.
- having a certain or specified extent from side to side: three feet wide.
- of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious: the wide plains of the West.
- of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.: wide experience.
- open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended: to stare with wide eyes.
- apart or remote from a specified point or object: a guess wide of the truth.
- too far or too much to one side: a shot wide of the mark.
- Baseball. outside(def 16): The pitch was wide of the plate.
- full, ample, or roomy, as clothing: He wore wide, flowing robes.
- Phonetics. lax(def 7).
- British Slang. shrewd; wary.
- to the full extent of opening: Open your mouth wide.
- to the utmost, or fully: to be wide awake.
- away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like; aside; astray: The shot went wide.
- over an extensive space or region, or far abroad: scattered far and wide.
- to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side: The river runs wide here.
- Cricket. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
- Archaic. a wide space or expanse.
Origin of wide
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Examples from the Web for wider
This mindset was reflected to the wider society through popular literature.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
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In wearing it, Hurley helped originate a wider revolution, too.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
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He added that The Post, a national brand which had long been “a local product,” will now focus on reaching a wider audience.Jeff Bezos: ‘I See Millions Working in Outer Space’
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Girma realized that law was her best tool to get equal footing for herself and the wider population of impaired Americans.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
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SARS, on the other hand, had a wider global reach than Ebola.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 19
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The path was wider and more worn now--almost a thoroughfare, in fact.In the Valley
In 1825, he sought a wider field of action and removed to Boston.
And every new embodiment of a known truth must be a new and wider revelation.A Dish Of Orts
And every day thereafter found him out and ranging a wider area.White Fang
The range of our talk was tremendous, and the wider we ranged the closer we drew.The Harbor
- having a great extent from side to side
- of vast size or scope; spacious or extensive
- (postpositive)having a specified extent, esp from side to sidetwo yards wide
- (in combination)covering or extending throughoutnationwide
- distant or remote from the desired point, mark, etcyour guess is wide of the mark
- (of eyes) opened fully
- loose, full, or roomywide trousers
- exhibiting a considerable spread, as between certain limitsa wide variation
- phonetics another word for lax (def. 4), open (def. 34)
- over an extensive areato travel far and wide
- to the full extenthe opened the door wide
- far from the desired point, mark, etc
- (in cricket) a bowled ball that is outside the batsman's reach and scores a run for the batting side
- archaic, or poetic a wide space or extent
- to the wide completely
Word Origin and History for wider
Old English wid, from Proto-Germanic *widas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wid, Old Norse viðr, Dutch wijd, Old High German wit, German weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from root *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; figurative sense of "alert, knowing" is attested from 1833.