Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To stretch or extend or to be stretched or extended.
  • n. The act of spreading out.
  • n. Something spread out; an expanse.
  • adj. Spread out; extended.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To spread out; expand; extend.
  • adj. extended outward, as one's arms

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To spread out; to expand; -- usually as a past part. or adj.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spread out; extend.
  • n. Expansion; the act of spreading abroad; extension.
  • n. An extension; an expanse; a spreading out or beyond.

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

  • adj. fully extended in width

Etymologies

From out- +‎ spread. Cognate with Dutch uitspreiden ("to outspread, stretch, unfold"), Danish udsprede ("to outspread"), Swedish utspridda ("to outspread"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Virgil too calls the outspread, even plain, “justissima tellus.”

    The Vicarious Sacrifice, Grounded in Principles of Universal Obligation.

  • A peregrine falcon was idling on the breeze, wings outspread – unusual behaviour, he said.

    Country Diary: The Somerset Levels

  • The best artists were imported for its decoration, which included carvings of warring archers, wild animal hunts, and eagles with outspread wings.

    Alexander the Great

  • But there was weight in the cat's paw, and the claws of it were outspread like so many hooks.

    CHAPTER XX

  • The not yet-subsided sea rolled in long slow billows of mighty bulk and, striding in the Pequod's gurgling track, pushed her on like giants' palms outspread.

    Weatherwatch: The weather in Moby-Dick

  • Some carry monikers that point to their geographical origin in the city: "Suvaco de Cristo," literally translated as "The Armpit of Christ," is based in a neighborhood more or less underneath the outspread arms of Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue.

    Rio's roving street bands keep Carnival free, fun

  • The angel pushed through the crowd, his wings outspread, even as Brystion slowly moved in front of me.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Why had she sat in the same spot where I usually stayed, looking out over the ocean, my wings outspread to the night air?

    Raziel

  • A comma butterfly, its outspread wings angled perfectly to absorb the sun's rays.

    Country Diary: Durham city

  • A passing comma butterfly floated into view and settled on a yellow ragwort inflorescence, shuffled around until its outspread wings were angled perfectly to absorb the sun's rays and then uncoiled its tongue to feed.

    Country Diary: Durham city

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