verb (used with object), spread, spread·ing.
verb (used without object), spread, spread·ing.
- the difference between the prices bid and asked of stock or a commodity for a given time.
- a type of straddle in which the call price is placed above and the put price is placed below the current market quotation.
- the difference between any two prices or rates for related costs: the widening spread between lending and borrowing costs.
- Stock Exchange. a broker's profit or the difference between his or her buying and selling price.
- any difference between return on assets and costs of liabilities.
Origin of spread
Examples from the Web for spread
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.
But news of the classes is spread mainly by word of mouth, and participants bring along their friends and families.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The reality TV mogul bared her butt—and everything else, too—for Paper Magazine in a spread that sent Twitter into a tizzy.
Before it was split between Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Baluchistan spread over an area slightly larger than California.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Longstreth spread wide his hands as if it was useless to try to convince this man.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
The dimness of Councillor Mikulin's eyes seemed to spread all over his face and made it indistinct to Razumov's sight.Under Western Eyes|Joseph Conrad
Just now the idea is horrible to ignorant people, but the faith will spread.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
The valley of the great southern branch of the Columbia, was spread out before us.
When the points of the toes are spread apart, this skin is shown in front, covered with short, soft hair.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry|Robert Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for spread
verb spreads, spreading or spread
- to lay out (hay) in a relatively thin layer to dry
- to scatter (seed, manure, etc) over a relatively wide area
- the difference between the bid and offer prices quoted by a market maker
- the excess of the price at which stock is offered for public sale over the price paid for the same stock by an underwriter
- mainly US a double optionCompare straddle (def. 9)
- (of the lips) forming a long narrow aperture
- (of speech sounds) articulated with spread lips( iː ) in English "feel" is a spread vowel