- spreading over or covering a large area: wide-spreading showers; wide-spreading ivy.
- affecting or reaching a large area: a wide-spreading infection.
Origin of wide-spreading
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for wide-spreading
A brilliant fire would dispel all gloom, with its wide-spreading illumination.
They like these wide-spreading conceptions which order the world for them.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Presently he hid behind a wide-spreading tree, and waited for Saronia.Saronia
At last they lay down to sleep in the shade of some wide-spreading trees.Mark Seaworth
William H.G. Kingston
The stiff, thick, wide-spreading leaves are protected with thorns.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)
Justin H. Smith