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dispread

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dispread spread abroad or out "The sun dispread its beams"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Dispread To extend or expand itself. "While tyrant Heat, dispreading through the sky."
    • v. t Dispread To spread abroad, or different ways; to spread apart; to open; as, the sun dispreads his beams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispread To extend or spread in different ways or directions; expand to the full width.
    • dispread To expand or be diffused; spread widely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dispread dis-pred′ to spread in different ways
    • v.i Dispread to spread out: to expand.—Spenser has the forms dispred, dispredden, disprad
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + spread,

Usage

In literature:

Through tears I see the nodding head, The purple and the green dispread.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, April 1875, Vol. XV., No. 88" by Various
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In poetry:

If frost returning interrupt the plough,
Then is the time, along the hardened ridge,
To drive manure, and toss around the heaps,
O'er all the surface equally dispread,
Not scattered carelessly.
"British Georgics. February" by James Grahame