- of great extent; wide; broad: an extensive area.
- covering or extending over a great area: extensive travels.
- far-reaching; comprehensive; thorough: extensive knowledge.
- lengthy: an extensive journey.
- great in amount, number, or degree: an extensive fortune; extensive political influence.
- of or having extension: Space is extensive, time durational.
- noting or pertaining to a system of agriculture involving the use or cultivation of large areas of land with a minimum of labor and expense (opposed to intensive).
Origin of extensive
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Examples from the Web for extensively
Marquis-Boire has extensively researched DaVinci and Finfisher malware, and says Blackshades is a bit different.FBI’s Huge Hacker Bust Could Be Bogus
May 19, 2014
On Monday, I showed the Observer article to a law professor who has extensively studied the work of grand juries.The Grand Jury Voting on One Case Every 52 Seconds
February 5, 2014
The human cost of low wages is obvious and has been extensively documented.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit
January 6, 2014
The Taliban used this extensively in their propaganda, thus it affected the mission.Will a Military Panel Show Any Mercy for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales?
August 21, 2013
Navy researchers have extensively studied how to build “unit cohesion.”The Secrets of Happy Families: Bruce Feiler’s Tips for Parenting
March 3, 2013
The shorter staples are made into flannels and light woolen goods; and the longer are extensively used for combing.
Wild throughout, and extensively cultivated in the streets of cities.
Extensively cultivated for hedges, and also for ornament, throughout.
This was a wonderful invention and its principle has been extensively applied.Rural Life and the Rural School
In the province of Ylocos it is cultivated most extensively.
- having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vastextensive deserts; an extensive inheritance
- widespreadextensive coverage in the press
- agriculture involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of landCompare intensive (def. 3)
- physics of or relating to a property, measurement, etc, of a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the systemheat is an extensive property Compare intensive (def. 7)
- of or relating to logical extension
- (of a definition) in terms of the objects to which the term applies rather than its meaning
Word Origin and History for extensively
"vast, far-reaching;" c.1600 of immaterial, c.1700 of material things; from Late Latin extensivus, from extens-, past participle stem of Latin extendere (see extend). Earlier in a medical sense, "characterized by swelling" (early 15c.). Related: Extensively; extensiveness.