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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Large in extent, range, or amount.
  • adj. Of or relating to the cultivation of vast areas of land with a minimum of labor or expense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the nature of an extent, wide, widespread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive
  • adj. Capable of being extended.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be extended or spread out; extensible.
  • Having considerable extent; wide; large; embracing a wide area or a great number of objects; diffusive: as, an extensive farm; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by extension in space or in any quantity; having extent or extension.
  • Pertaining to logical extension.
  • Logical extension.
  • In agriculture, noting that method of farming or husbandry in which relatively small crops or returns of any kind are taken from large areas with a minimum of labor and expense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor
  • adj. broad in scope or content
  • adj. large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

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