/waɪd / (say wuyd)

adjective (wider, widest)
1. having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad; not narrow.
2. having a certain or specified extent from side to side: three metres wide.
3. of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious: wide horizons.
4. of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.: wide reading; wide experience; wide knowledge.
5. open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended: to stare with wide eyes.
6. full, ample, or roomy, as clothing.
7. apart or remote from a specified point or object: a guess wide of the truth.
8. too far or too much to one side: a wide ball in cricket.
9. Horseracing away from the inside fence of a racetrack: the horse drawn wide faces a disadvantage.
10. to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side: open wide.
11. over an extensive space or region, or far abroad: scattered far and wide.
12. to the full extent of opening: to open your mouth wide.
13. to the utmost, or fully: to be wide awake; *life's really pretty crummy, and if you go doing a generous action towards it, like having a baby, then you're leaving yourself wide open, and life takes the opportunity to kick you right in the face. –criena rohan, 1962.
14. Cricket a bowled ball that passes outside the batsman's reach, and counts as a run for the side batting.
15. Bowls a delivery making too great an allowance for the bias of the bowl, and thus not curving inward sufficiently.
16. go wide, to go away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like; go aside or astray: the shot went wide.
17. wide of the mark,
a. a long way astray of what is aimed at.
b. badly in error.
{Middle English; Old English wīd}
wideness, noun
widish, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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