Definition of Spread out

1. Verb. Move outward. "The soldiers fanned out"

Exact synonyms: Diffuse, Fan Out, Spread
Generic synonyms: Distribute, Spread
Specialized synonyms: Percolate, Creep, Bleed, Run, Mantle
Derivative terms: Diffusion, Spread, Spread, Spread

2. Verb. Set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series. "The houses were strung out in a long row"
Exact synonyms: String Out
Generic synonyms: Arrange, Set Up

3. Verb. Strew or distribute over an area. "Scatter cards across the table"
Exact synonyms: Scatter, Spread
Generic synonyms: Circulate, Distribute, Pass Around, Pass On
Specialized synonyms: Manure, Muck, Birdlime, Lime, Circumfuse, Distribute
Derivative terms: Scatter, Scatter, Scattering, Spread, Spread, Spread, Spreader

4. Verb. Extend in one or more directions. "The dough expands"
Exact synonyms: Expand
Generic synonyms: Grow
Specialized synonyms: Dispread, Bush Out
Antonyms: Contract
Derivative terms: Expandible, Expandible, Expansible, Expansible, Expansive

5. Verb. Turn outward. "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
Exact synonyms: Rotate, Splay, Turn Out
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Turnout

6. Verb. Move away from each other. "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"
Exact synonyms: Disperse, Dissipate, Scatter
Specialized synonyms: Aerosolise, Aerosolize, Break, Volley
Generic synonyms: Part, Separate, Split
Derivative terms: Dispersion, Dissipation, Scatter, Scatter, Scattering

7. Verb. Spread out or open from a closed or folded state. "Spread your arms"
Exact synonyms: Open, Spread, Unfold
Generic synonyms: Undo
Specialized synonyms: Divaricate, Exfoliate, Grass, Butterfly, Uncross, Splay
Derivative terms: Opening
Antonyms: Fold

Definition of Spread out

1. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) Become further apart. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To place items further apart. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spread Out

spread eagle
spread head
spread like wildfire
spread limit
spread out (current term)
spread over
spread spectrum communication
spread spectrum communications
spreader stoker furnace

Literary usage of Spread out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1887)
"world, trailed to the light, spread out, tied to wires, and call every one to admire its tears, like the blossoms of a Marshal Neil. What are you about now, ..."

2. Sketches of a Tour to the Lakes by Thomas Loraine McKenney (1827)
"I stretched myself down on my pallet, thai was unrolled and spread out on the bottom of the canoe, and pulling my blankets over me, went to sleep. ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1846)
"... consists of finitely divisible particles or true atoms. ne limit to the amount of its expansion. It will spread out into space, on every side, ..."

4. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"... appreciable size the light is apparently spread out by a purely physiological action until the image, say of a star, appears of an appreciable diameter, ..."

5. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1902)
"that one walked, as it were, a little above the country, along a stately corridor, seeing all India spread out to left and right. It was beautiful to behold ..."

6. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (2006)
"We spread out the effort of rescuing this stuff from the landfill, and then we put our findings online, and we move it to where it needs to be. ..."

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