- having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad: a wide boulevard.
- having a certain or specified extent from side to side: three feet wide.
- of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious: the wide plains of the West.
- of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.: wide experience.
- open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended: to stare with wide eyes.
- apart or remote from a specified point or object: a guess wide of the truth.
- too far or too much to one side: a shot wide of the mark.
- Baseball. outside(def 16): The pitch was wide of the plate.
- full, ample, or roomy, as clothing: He wore wide, flowing robes.
- Phonetics. lax(def 7).
- British Slang. shrewd; wary.
- to the full extent of opening: Open your mouth wide.
- to the utmost, or fully: to be wide awake.
- away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like; aside; astray: The shot went wide.
- over an extensive space or region, or far abroad: scattered far and wide.
- to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side: The river runs wide here.
- Cricket. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
- Archaic. a wide space or expanse.
Origin of wide
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Examples from the Web for widest
Mostly, though, as a reader, I want to pay the lowest prices for the widest range of books in whatever format.Amazon Is NOT the Vladimir Putin of the Publishing World
June 5, 2014
It was a time in America when the generation gap may have never been wider but a Knicks game could bridge even the widest.‘When the Garden Was Eden’: Why New York City Needs the Knicks Now More Than Ever
April 19, 2014
Only by embracing Hollywood cliches could he attract the widest possible audience, which is now addicted to them.A "Slave" Saved or Sunk by Cliché
November 22, 2013
The extensive distribution of the issue guaranteed that the essay would receive the widest possible circulation here and abroad.How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK’s Death
November 12, 2013
They also check Democratic momentum and solidify Republican identity in ways that can appeal to the widest range of Republicans.Obama's Fighting Speech - Part 4
January 23, 2013
The block should be cut to the widest line on the half-breadth part.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
And which of the three has the truest knowledge and the widest experience?The Republic
The real point is that there is the widest gulf between my love-making and yours.Howards End
E. M. Forster
When your empire was widest then the crop of your enemies was thickest.Hellenica
It was widest at the upper part, where it was semicircular, while the bottom was cut off straight.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
- having a great extent from side to side
- of vast size or scope; spacious or extensive
- (postpositive)having a specified extent, esp from side to sidetwo yards wide
- (in combination)covering or extending throughoutnationwide
- distant or remote from the desired point, mark, etcyour guess is wide of the mark
- (of eyes) opened fully
- loose, full, or roomywide trousers
- exhibiting a considerable spread, as between certain limitsa wide variation
- phonetics another word for lax (def. 4), open (def. 34)
- over an extensive areato travel far and wide
- to the full extenthe opened the door wide
- far from the desired point, mark, etc
- (in cricket) a bowled ball that is outside the batsman's reach and scores a run for the batting side
- archaic, or poetic a wide space or extent
- to the wide completely
Word Origin and History for widest
Old English wid, from Proto-Germanic *widas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wid, Old Norse viðr, Dutch wijd, Old High German wit, German weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from root *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; figurative sense of "alert, knowing" is attested from 1833.
Idioms and Phrases with widest
In addition to the idioms beginning with wide
- wide awake
- wide open
- all wool and a yard wide
- cut a wide swath
- far and wide
- give a wide berth to
- lay (oneself wide) open
- leave (wide) open
- off (wide of) the mark