Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To extend or spread in different ways or directions; expand to the full width.
  • To expand or be diffused; spread widely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To extend or expand itself.
  • transitive verb To spread abroad, or different ways; to spread apart; to open.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb archaic, rare To spread out, to extend.

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

  • verb spread abroad or out

Etymologies

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From dis- +‎ spread.

Examples

  • Quoth Ishak bin Ibrahim al-Mausili: I was in my house one night in the winter time, when the clouds had dispread themselves and the rains poured down in torrents, as from the mouths of water skins, and the folk forbore to come and go about the ways for that which was therein of rain and slough.

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  • Whereupon Salih arose and, kissing the ground a second time, said, “O King of the Age, my errand is to Allah and the magnanimous liege lord and the valiant lion, the report of whose good qualities the caravans far and near have dispread and whose renown for benefits and beneficence and clemency and graciousness and liberality to all climes and countries hath sped.”

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  • She dispread the locks from her head one night, iii.

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  • I amused myself with looking upon them, and as often as I laid hold upon a piece of stuff, it powdered in my hands like dust dispread.

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  • Had we known of thy coming we fain had dispread, i.

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  • When he entered, he saw her with hair dishevelled and dispread over the tomb, weeping and repeating these lines,

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  • The heat oppressed me more and more, making my forehead perspire and the drops trickled along my cheeks; but I could not wipe my face with my kerchief because it was dispread under me.

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  • Whereupon she went to a cupboard and took out a sealed flask of right old wine and set off the table with flowers and scented herbs and began to sing these lines: — Had we known of thy coming we fain had dispread

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  • But when Kahrdash observed him closely he knew him for a doughty knight and a stalwart in fight; and the error of his thought became manifest to him, whenas he saw the green down on his cheeks dispread like myrtles springing from the heart of a rose bright-red.

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  • Then he admired whatso he had read therein of description and discourse and rare traits and anecdotes and moral instances and reminiscences and bade the folk copy them and dispread them over all lands and climes; wherefore their report was bruited abroad and the people named them “The marvels and wonders of the Thousand Nights and A Night.”

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