Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spread over; cover with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To spread or cover over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spread over; cover with.

Etymologies

From be- +‎ spread. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So they lined the road on either hand, and the birds bespread their wings over the host of creatures to shade them, warbling one to other in all manner of voices and tongues.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And therein stood censers of aloes-wood and ambergris and strong-scented musk, and at the upper end was a couch bespread with cloth of gold on which he seated himself, marvelling at the magnificence he saw and knowing not what was written for him in the Secret Purpose.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The old man brought him into one of the parlours, which was variegated with many-coloured marbles, the ceiling thereof being decorated with ultramarine and glowing gold; and the floor bespread with silken carpets.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When I came to myself I strengthened my heart and, entering, found myself in a chamber whose floor was bespread with saffron and blazing with light from branched candelabra of gold and lamps fed with costly oils, which diffused the scent of musk and ambergris.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • No whaler could attack the huge rollers that raised their monstrous backs, plunged over with a furious roar, and bespread the beach with a swirl of foam.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Then renewed strength will come to thy limbs, then shall undreamed-of might enter thy sinews, and an accumulation of stout force shall bespread and nerve thy frame through-out.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • When I came to myself I strengthened my heart, and entering found myself in a chamber bespread with saffron and blazing with light ....

    The Fortieth Door

  • The numerous ornaments, also, with which the hoops were bespread and decorated -- the festoons -- the tassels -- the rich embroidery -- all of a most

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 353, January 24, 1829

  • They were the simplest sayings and doings of childhood, -- handfuls of such wild-flowers as bespread the green turf of nursery-life everywhere, but miraculous blossoms in the eyes of these good women, whom Saint Agnes had unwittingly deprived of any power of making comparisons or ever having Christ's sweetest parable of the heavenly kingdom enacted in homes of their own.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • However, he expressed satisfaction with the mahogany side-board that some previous occupant had loaned from a neighbouring house; our servants had bespread it with newspapers and made a washing-table of it.

    Pushed and the Return Push

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