1. To open to a fuller extent or width; stretch:
spread out the tablecloth; a bird spreading its wings.
2. To make wider the gap between; move farther apart:
spread her fingers.
3. To distribute over a surface in a layer:
spread varnish on the steps.
4. To cover with a layer:
spread a cracker with butter.
5. To distribute widely:
The tornado spread destruction.
6. To make a wide or extensive arrangement of:
We spread the bicycle parts out on the floor.
7. To exhibit or display the full extent of:
the scene that was spread before us.
8. To cause to become widely seen or known; scatter or disseminate:
spread the news; spread the beam of the flashlight.
9. To prepare (a table) for eating; set.
10. To arrange (food or a meal) on a table.
11. To flatten (a rivet end, for example) by pounding.
12. To be extended or enlarged.
13. To become distributed or widely dispersed.
14. To increase in range of occurrence; become known or prevalent over a wide area:
The word spread fast.
15. To be exhibited, displayed, or visible in broad or full extent:
the vista spread seemingly to infinity.
16. To become or admit of being distributed in a layer.
17. To become separated; be forced farther apart.
18. The act of spreading.
19. Dissemination, as of news; diffusion.
20. An open area of land; an expanse.
21. A ranch, a farm, or an estate.
22. The extent or limit to which something is or can be spread; range.
23. A cloth covering for a bed, table, or other piece of furniture.
24. Informal An abundant meal laid out on a table.
25. A food to be spread on bread or crackers.
26. Two facing pages of a magazine or newspaper, often with related matter extending across the fold.
27. A story or advertisement running across two or more columns of a magazine or newspaper.
28. A difference, as between two figures or totals.
29. A position taken in two or more options or futures contracts in order to profit from a change in their relative prices.
30. The difference between the price asked and bid for a particular security.
31. Middle English spreden
32. from Old English -spr?dan * see sper-
源自 古英语 -spr?dan *参见 sper-
33. as in t?spr?den [to spread out]
如在 t?spr?den [展开]