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WIDE, a.

1. Broad; having a great or considerable distance or extent between the sides; opposed to narrow; as wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry. In this use, wide is distinguished from long, which refers to the extent or distance between the ends.

2. Broad; having a great extent each way; as a wide plain; the wide ocean.

3. Remote; distant. This position is very wide from the truth.

4. Broad to a certain degree; as three feet wide.

WIDE, adv.

1. At a distance; far. His fame was spread wide.

2. With great extent; used chiefly in composition; as wide-skirted meads; wide-waving swords; wide-wasting pestilence; wide-spreading evil.



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WIDE, a.

1. Broad; having a great or considerable distance or extent between the sides; opposed to narrow; as wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry. In this use, wide is distinguished from long, which refers to the extent or distance between the ends.

2. Broad; having a great extent each way; as a wide plain; the wide ocean.

3. Remote; distant. This position is very wide from the truth.

4. Broad to a certain degree; as three feet wide.

WIDE, adv.

1. At a distance; far. His fame was spread wide.

2. With great extent; used chiefly in composition; as wide-skirted meads; wide-waving swords; wide-wasting pestilence; wide-spreading evil.

WIDE, a. [Sax. wid, wide; D. wyd; G. weit; Sw. and Dan. vid; Sans. vidi, breadth; Ar. بَدَّ badda, to separate; allied to void, divide, widow, Ir. feadh, &c. See Class Bd, No. 1.]

  1. Broad; having a great or considerable distance or extent between the sides; opposed to narrow; as, wide cloth; wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall of entry. In this use, wide is distinguished from long, which refers to the extent or distance between the ends.
  2. Broad; having a great extent each way; as, a wide plain the wide ocean.
  3. Remote; distant. This position is very wide from the truth. – Hammond.
  4. Broad to a certain degree; as, three feet wide.

WIDE, adv.

  1. At a distance; far. His fame was spread wide.
  2. With great extent; used chiefly in composition; as, wide-skirted meads; wide-waving swords; wide-wasting pestilence; wide-spreading evil.

Wide
  1. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry.

    The chambers and the stables weren wyde. Chaucer.

    Wide is the gate . . . that leadeth to destruction. Matt. vii. 18.

  2. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide.

    [I] went wyde in this world, wonders to hear. Piers Plowman.

  3. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.

    "The waste wide of that abyss." Tennyson.
  4. Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.
  5. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference.

    "This wyde world." Chaucer.

    For sceptered cynics earth were far too wide a den. Byron.

    When the wide bloom, on earth that lies,
    Seems of a brighter world than ours.
    Bryant.

  6. So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.

    Shak.
  7. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.

  8. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.

    Men of strongest head and widest culture. M. Arnold.

  9. So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.
  10. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide.
  11. Remote; distant; far.

    The contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God. Hammond.

  12. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like.

    "Our wide expositors." Milton.

    It is far wide that the people have such judgments. Latimer.

    How wide is all this long pretense ! Herbert.

  13. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.

    Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand. Spenser.

    I was but two bows wide. Massinger.

  14. Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of ***emacr] (***emacr]ve) is ***ibreve] (***ibreve]ll); of (te) is (nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 13-15.

    * Wide is often prefixed to words, esp. to participles and participial adjectives, to form self-explaining compounds; as, wide- beaming, wide-branched, wide-chopped, wide-echoing, wide-extended, wide-mouthed, wide-spread, wide- spreading, and the like.

    Far and wide. See under Far. -- Wide gauge. See the Note under Cauge, 6.

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Wide

WIDE, adjective

1. Broad; having a great or considerable distance or extent between the sides; opposed to narrow; as wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry. In this use, wide is distinguished from long, which refers to the extent or distance between the ends.

2. Broad; having a great extent each way; as a wide plain; the wide ocean.

3. Remote; distant. This position is very wide from the truth.

4. Broad to a certain degree; as three feet wide

WIDE, adverb

1. At a distance; far. His fame was spread wide

2. With great extent; used chiefly in composition; as wide-skirted meads; wide-waving swords; wide-wasting pestilence; wide-spreading evil.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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DISTRACTEDLY, adv. Madly; furiously; wildly.

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