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.
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The actual wheels then bolt onto these spacers, effectively spreading the tires wider.
For a typical virus, herd immunity occurs at a 70 to 90 percent spread within a population.The problem with Trump’s ‘herd mentality’ line isn’t the verbal flub. It’s the mass death.|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Growing evidence indicates that proximity to other people is among the easiest ways for coronavirus to spread, especially indoors.There’s now even more evidence that restaurant dining sharply increases COVID spread|Sy Mukherjee|September 11, 2020|Fortune
The spread of the sampling distribution is based on the estimated total survey error of the poll.The Forecast: The Methodology Behind Our 2020 Election Model|Daniel Malloy|September 10, 2020|Ozy
Microsoft’s News app has a “book mode” that spreads articles across the two screens like two facing pages in a book.Review of the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone: Very pretty but just how useful is it?|Aaron Pressman|September 10, 2020|Fortune
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.
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014|William Boot|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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
But hitherto, before these new ideas began to spread in our community, the mass of men and women definitely settled down.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The rapid spread of the revolt was not a whit less marvelous than its lack of method or cohesion.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The rebellion spread to their district, and many of the natives on and about the estate were eager to join in the movement.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The spread of the holy gospel and uninterrupted preaching went on until the return of the ambassador.
A smile of beatitude spread over his enormous countenance during the process.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
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