Definitions

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

  • adj. Having a specified extent from side to side: a ribbon two inches wide.
  • adj. Extending over a great distance from side to side; broad: a wide road; a wide necktie.
  • adj. Having great extent or range; including much or many: a wide selection; granting wide powers; wide variations.
  • adj. Fully open or extended: look with wide eyes.
  • adj. To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal: a shot that was wide of the target.
  • adj. Baseball Outside.
  • adj. Sports Being near one of the side boundaries of a playing area, such as a sideline on a football field.
  • adj. Deviating or straying from something expected or specified: a remark that was wide of the truth.
  • adj. Linguistics Lax.
  • adv. Over a great distance; extensively: traveled far and wide.
  • adv. To the full extent; completely.
  • adv. To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal.
  • adv. Sports Toward or near one of the sides of a playing area: ran wide to catch a pass.
  • n. Sports A ball bowled outside of the batsman's reach, counting as a run for the batting team in cricket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a large physical extent from side to side.
  • adj. Large in scope.
  • adj. Operating at the side of the playing area.
  • adj. (speaking of the ball) that bounces off the authorized court limits, referring to the horizontal dimension (and therefore is out).
  • adv. extensively
  • adv. completely
  • adv. away from a given goal
  • n. A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad
  • adj. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive.
  • adj. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad.
  • adj. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length.
  • adj. Remote; distant; far.
  • adj. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like.
  • adj. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
  • adj. Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of ē (ēve) is ĭ (ĭll); of ā (āte) is ĕ (ĕnd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 13-15.
  • adj. Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc..
  • adv. To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent.
  • adv. So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.
  • adv. So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.
  • n. That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.
  • n. That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having relatively great or considerable extension from side to side; broad: as, wide cloth; a wide hall: opposed to narrow.
  • Having (a certain or specified) extension as measured from side to side; having (a specified) width or breadth: as, cloth a yard wide.
  • Of great horizontal extent; spacious; extensive; vast; great: as, the wide ocean.
  • Embracing many subjects; looking at a question from many points of view; applicable to many cases: as, a person of wide culture.
  • Capacious; bulging; loose; voluminous.
  • Distended; expanded; spread apart; hence, open.
  • Apart or remote from a specified point; distant; hence, remote from the direct line or object aimed at; too far or too much to one side; deviating; errant; wild: as, a wide arrow in archery; a wide ball in cricket.
  • Amiss; unfortunate; ill; bad; hence, of little avail; useless.
  • In phonetics, uttered with a comparatively relaxed or expanded condition of the walls of the buccal cavity: said by some phonetists of certain vowels, as ĕ, ĭ, ŏ, ŭ, when compared with ā, ē, â, ė.
  • Synonyms Wide, Broad, spacious, large, ample. Wide and broad may be synonymous, but broad is generally the larger and more emphatic: a wide river is not thought of as so far across as a broad river. Wide is sometimes more applicable to that which is to be passed through: as, a wide mouth or aperture. It is another way of stating this fact to say that wide has more in mind than broad the limiting sides of the thing. Wide is also more generally applicable to that of which the length is much greater than the width, but not to the exclusion of broad. Each may in a secondary sense be used of length and breadth: as, broad acres; a wide domain.
  • n. Wideness; breadth; extent.
  • n. In cricket, a ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts one against the side that is bowling.
  • To a distance; afar; widely; a long way; abroad; extensively.
  • Away or to one side of the mark, aim, purpose, or direct line; hence, astray.
  • Round about; in the neighborhood around.
  • To make wide; spread or set far apart.

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

  • adv. far from the intended target
  • adj. great in degree
  • adv. with or by a broad space
  • adj. having ample fabric
  • adj. (used of eyes) fully open or extended
  • adv. to or over a great extent or range; far
  • adv. to the fullest extent possible
  • adj. having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
  • adj. not on target
  • adj. broad in scope or content
  • adj. very large in expanse or scope

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wīd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wid, wyd, from Old English wīd ("wide, vast, broad, long; distant, far"), from Proto-Germanic *wīdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wī- (“apart, asunder, in two”), from Proto-Indo-European *weye- (“to drive, separate”). Cognate with Scots wyd, wid ("of great extent; vast"), West Frisian wiid ("broad; wide"), Dutch wijd ("wide; large; broad"), German weit ("far; wide; broad"), Swedish vid ("wide"), Icelandic víður ("wide"), Latin dīvidō ("separate, sunder"), Latin vītō ("avoid, shun"). Related to widow. (Wiktionary)

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  • Cricket jargon - a ball bowled too wide for the batsman to effectively make a scoring shot. The penalty for a wide is one run against the bowling team and the requirement that the ball be bowled again. This is a particularly severe penalty in limited-overs matches.

    December 2, 2007

  • A farm contains wide and vast land.

    March 22, 2007