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1. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail. He bought a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent. (gen. Xxxiii. 19) Here the Rhone Hath spread himself a couch. (Byron)

2. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space. Rose, as in a dance, the stately trees, and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit. (milton)

3. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; often acompanied by abroad. They, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. (Matt. Ix. 31)

4. To propagate; to cause to affect great numbers; as, to spread a disease.

5. To diffuse, as emanations or effluvia; to emit; as, odouriferous plants spread their fragrance.

6. To strew; to scatter over a surface; as, to spread manure; to spread lime on the ground.

7. To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions; as, to spread a table. Boiled the flesh, and spread the board. (Tennyson) To sprad cloth, to unfurl sail.

Synonym: To diffuse, propogate, disperse, publish, distribute, scatter, circulate, disseminate, dispense.

Origin: oe. Spreden, AS. Spraedan; akin to D. Spreiden, spreijen, LG. Spreden, spreen, spreien, g dbb . Spreiten, dan. Sprede, Sw. Sprida. Cf. Spray water flying in drops.

1. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand. Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall. (bacon) Govrnor Winthrop, and his associates at Charlestown, had for a church a large, spreading tree. (B. Trumbull)

2. To be extended by drawing or beating; as, some metals spread with difficulty.

3. To be made known more extensively, as news.

4. To be propagated from one to another; as, the disease spread into all parts of the city.

1. Extent; compass. I have got a fine spread of improvable land. (Addison)

2. Expansion of parts. No flower hath spread like that of the woodbine. (bacon)

3. A cloth used as a cover for a table or a bed.

4. A table, as spread or furnished with a meal; hence, an entertainment of food; a feast.

5. A privilege which one person buys of another, of demanding certain shares of stock at a certain price, or of delivering the same shares of stock at another price, within a time agreed upon.

6. (Science: geometry) An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points.

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Polymorphism and Mutation

... within a group. It is these changes that can lead to evolutionary changes since if this polymorphic change is beneficial it will continue to spread within the group as new offspring are produced. I suppose a mutation may become a polymorphism if its success allows it to spread within a population!

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by Babybel56
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:39 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Polymorphism and Mutation
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reproductive sytem

... bit I'd go with thinking about which sex hormones have a significant effect elsewhere - think about oestrogen and testosterone, which have wide-spread effects across the whole body. For example testosterone has been shown to prevent the onset of osteoporosis (the formation of air cavities in ...

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by Babybel56
Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:49 am
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Topic: reproductive sytem
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how are genes the unit of replication?

1) you can have traits encoded by single gene as well 2) the genes coding for one trait are usually spread around the genome. That'd be it, I guess.

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by JackBean
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: how are genes the unit of replication?
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Re: Diffusion and concentration gradient

... move randomly in any direction without any knowledge of presence of other molecules (alike or different). So just by following probability they spread randomly after some time.

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by JackBean
Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Diffusion and concentration gradient
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