[verb out-spred; adjective out-spred; noun out-spred]

verb (used with or without object), out·spread, out·spread·ing.

to spread out; extend: an eagle outspreading its wings.


spread out; stretched out: outspread arms.
diffused abroad; widely disseminated: The outspread news had traveled quickly.


the act of spreading out; expansion: the rapid outspread of the early American colonists.
something that is spread out; an expanse: a vast outspread of rich farmland.

Origin of outspread

1300–50; Middle English outspredden (v.). See out-, spread
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Examples from the Web for outspread

Historical Examples of outspread

  • Happy the man who sees from either aspect the glory of these outspread wings.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He rose with outspread arms and the tears on his face and his voice broke.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • At Passy we were received with shrugging shoulders and outspread hands.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • With outspread wings he flew in large circles over Heidi's head.


    Johanna Spyri

  • Jessop, with staring eyes and outspread hands, backed to the wall.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

British Dictionary definitions for outspread


verb (ˌaʊtˈsprɛd) -spreads, -spreading or -spread

to spread out or cause to spread out

adjective (ˈaʊtˈsprɛd)

spread or stretched out
scattered or diffused widely

noun (ˈaʊtˌsprɛd)

a spreading out
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