- The definition of wide is extending over a large area, of great range or of greater than normal size.
An example of something wide is a larger than average sized foot.
- Wide is defined as over a large area, or to a large extent.
An example of wide used as an adverb is in the phrase "to read wide," which means to read a large range of books.
- Wide is a cricket term meaning a ball that was bowled out of batman's reach, which is counted as a run for the batter.
An example of a wide is a way of scoring a run for the batting team.
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- extending over a large area; esp., extending over a larger area from side to side than is usual or normal: a wide bed
- of a specified extent from side to side: three miles wide
- of great extent, range, or inclusiveness: a wide variety, wide reading
- roomy; ample; loose; full: wide pants
- open or extended to full width: eyes wide with fear
- landing, striking, or ending far from the point, issue, etc. aimed at: usually with of: wide of the target
- ☆ having a relatively low proportion of protein: said of livestock feed
- Phonet. lax ()
Origin: Middle English from Old English wid, akin to German weit from Indo-European an unverified form wi-itos, literally , gone apart (from bases an unverified form wi-, apart plush an unverified form ei-, to go) from source Classical Latin vitare, literally , to go away from, avoid
- over a relatively large area; widely: to travel far and wide
- to a large or full extent; fully: with the door wide open
- so as to miss the point, issue, etc. aimed at; astray: shots that went wide
- Rare a wide area
- Cricket a ball bowled out of the batsman's reach, counted as a run for the batting team
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adjective wid·er, wid·est
- a. Having a specified extent from side to side: a ribbon two inches wide.b. Extending over a great distance from side to side; broad: a wide road; a wide necktie.
- Having great extent or range; including much or many: a wide selection; granting wide powers; wide variations.
- Fully open or extended: look with wide eyes.
- a. To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal: a shot that was wide of the target.b. Baseball Outside.c. Sports Being near one of the side boundaries of a playing area, such as a sideline on a football field.
- Deviating or straying from something expected or specified: a remark that was wide of the truth.
- Linguistics Lax.
- Over a great distance; extensively: traveled far and wide.
- To the full extent; completely.
- To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal.
- Sports Toward or near one of the sides of a playing area: ran wide to catch a pass.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English wīd; see wi- in Indo-European roots.
- wideˈly adverb
- wideˈness noun
- widˈish adjective
Origin: From wide.