Meaning of wide

wide

Pronunciation: (wīd), [key]
— adj., adv., n. wid•er, wid•est,
—adj.
  1. having considerable or great extent from side to side; broad: a wide boulevard.
  2. having a certain or specified extent from side to side: three feet wide.
  3. of great horizontal extent; extensive; vast; spacious: the wide plains of the West.
  4. of great range or scope; embracing a great number or variety of subjects, cases, etc.: wide experience.
  5. open to the full or a great extent; expanded; distended: to stare with wide eyes.
  6. apart or remote from a specified point or object: a guess wide of the truth.
  7. too far or too much to one side: a shot wide of the mark.
  8. outside (def. 16): The pitch was wide of the plate.
  9. full, ample, or roomy, as clothing: He wore wide, flowing robes.
  10. lax (def. 7).
  11. shrewd; wary.
—adv.
  1. to the full extent of opening: Open your mouth wide.
  2. to the utmost, or fully: to be wide awake.
  3. away from or to one side of a point, mark, purpose, or the like; aside; astray: The shot went wide.
  4. over an extensive space or region, or far abroad: scattered far and wide.
  5. to a great, or relatively great, extent from side to side: The river runs wide here.
—n.
  1. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
  2. a wide space or expanse.

-wide

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form offorming from nouns adjectives with the general sense “extending or applying throughout a given space,” as specified by the noun: communitywide; countrywide; worldwide.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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