1. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface
or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail.
He bought a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent.Gen. xxxiii. 19.
Here the RhoneByron.
Hath spread himself a couch.
2. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause
to fill or cover a wide or wider space.
Rose, as in a dance, the stately trees, and spreadMilton.
Their branches hung with copious fruit.
3. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make
known fully; as, to spread a report; often acompanied by abroad.
They, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.Matt. ix. 31.
4. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.
5. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odoriferous plants spread their fragrance.
6. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.
7. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table.
Boiled the flesh, and spread the board.Tennyson. To spread cloth, to unfurl sail. [Obs.] Evelyn.
Syn. To diffuse; propogate; disperse; publish; distribute; scatter; circulate; disseminate; dispense.
(Spread), v. i.
1. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to
Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall.Bacon.
Governor Winthrop, and his associates at Charlestown, had for a church a large, spreading tree.B.
2. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.
3. To be made known more extensively, as news.
4. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city. Shak.
1. Extent; compass.
I have got a fine spread of improvable land.Addison.
2. Expansion of parts.
No flower hath spread like that of the woodbine.Bacon.
3. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.