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  • verb Present participle of outspread.


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  • Look at the preserved fruits, look at the golden ginger, the outspreading ananas, the darling little rogues of China oranges, ranged in the gleaming crystal cylinders.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins’s 2006

  • I gave many public addresses to the people of Sesheke under the outspreading camel-thorn-tree, which serves as a shade to the kotla on the high bank of the river.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • There was one of these in particular, near Mvumi, which was so large, and being slightly obscured from view by the outspreading branches of a gigantic baobab, bore such a strong resemblance to a square tower of massive dimensions, that for a long time I cherished the idea that I had discovered something most interesting which had strangely escaped the notice of my predecessors in East Africa.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry Morton 2004

  • When, then, the octopus rests its so-called head against the ground and spreads abroad its tentacles, the other sex fits into the outspreading of these tentacles, and the two sexes then bring their suckers into mutual connexion.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • Farree stood in the valley of the Thassa watching a mustering of the clans and then an outspreading of men, women, and even children-each small group heading toward one of the carven doorways in the cliffs.

    Flight in Yiktor Norton, Andre 1986

  • Desert plants were designed to save themselves and no one else: at my back grew a large agave, its central stem rising six feet high with flat outspreading flowers turning from red to brilliant yellow.

    Blood Sports Francis, Dick 1967

  • The ordering soul remains august, a circle, as we may figure it, in complete adaptation to its centre, widening outward, but fast upon it still, an outspreading without interval.

    The Six Enneads. Plotinus 1952

  • The birds sang and chirped among the green leaves, and wood pigeons cooed in the hollow trunks of the trees, beneath whose outspreading branches, little four-footed creatures gamboled and made merry among the soft feathery grasses that grew in the fine old beech woods of Devon.

    Vellenaux A Novel

  • The remainder spread themselves over the grounds and Park, where, beneath the outspreading branches of the fine old trees, were placed benches, beside tables groaning under the weight of enormous sirloins, rounds of beef, and pies of mighty dimensions, with sweet home-made broad, and other edibles of various descriptions.

    Vellenaux A Novel

  • Immediately a great outspreading tree arose from his loins, and over it hung a crescent moon.

    The Great Round World And What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 22, April 8, 1897 A Weekly Magazine for Boys and Girls Various


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