(Wick"ing), n. the material of which wicks are made; esp., a loosely braided or twisted cord or
tape of cotton.
(Wic"lif*ite, Wick"liff*ite) n. See Wyclifite.
(Wic"o*py) n. (Bot.) See Leatherwood.
(Wid"dy) n. [Cf. Withy.] A rope or halter made of flexible twigs, or withes, as of birch. [Scot.]
(Wide) a. [Compar. Wider (-er); superl. Widest.] [OE. wid, wyde, AS. wid; akin to OFries. &
OS. wid, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. wit, Icel. viðr, Sw. & Dan. vid; of uncertain origin.]
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. 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,Bryant.
Seems of a brighter world than ours.
3. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.
Men of strongest head and widest culture.M. Arnold.
4. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as,
a table three feet wide.
5. Remote; distant; far.
The contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God.Hammond.
6. 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.